Rightwing populism

My guess is that Republican voters who aren’t wealthy don’t usually realize that Republican policies are geared towards making the rich richer. They even say themselves that they’re in favor of everyone having more wealth, etc., but that they don’t think that the government is the best means of achieving that end.

Moreover, most Americans understand little about policy and Republicans are probably worse at this than the average American, so they rely on cultural indicators. Since the media likes to portray candidates with very close policy preferences as being radically different, some people might actually think that Santorum’s policies will help the working class more than Romney’s.


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