Middle-aged white death rate and Donald Trump
Very interesting analysis at the Washington Post Wonkblog. As you may know, it has been in the news recently that the death rate for middle-aged whites has been increasing. Suicide and deaths caused by alcohol and drug abuse have been blamed.
Jeff Guo has analyzed county voting data and concluded that the middle-aged white death rate contributes to the percentage of the vote which Trump wins in a county.
We still don’t know what exactly is causing middle-aged white death rates to rise, but it seems that Donald Trump has adeptly channeled this white suffering into political support.
Understanding why this part of America is so unhappy — why some white people are literally dying faster — may help explain how Trump became such a powerful force in this election.