And by that I’m not referring to critical race theory in schools, rather the way that education level is now fundamentally segmenting political identity with white working-class voters and now even some Latino voters swinging Republican as a cultural response.
Take the Virginia gubernatorial election in which white women came out 57% to 43% for Youngkin, but among white female college graduates, 62% voted for McAuliffe and 38% for Youngkin, while white women who didn’t go to college voted for Youngkin 75% to 25%.
McAuliffe actually significantly improved on Biden’s numbers among white female college graduates, but there was a 20 point swing among white women who didn’t go to college.
What generated that massive shift?
The pandemic lockdowns and economic stresses probably played a major role with education coming in second. A lot of those women still had to go in to work and couldn’t just Zoom it in. They had to deal with non-functional schools while trying to raise kids and earn a living.
How did that impact them? These numbers may tell the story.
Not everyone shouts, “Let’s Go Brandon.” Some just vote it.