A new survey conducted by Harris Polls found that blue collar workers are increasingly optimistic about their futures. Fifty-five percent said they're better off today than five years ago; and 51% say the country is headed in the right direction, a 12-point jump from one year ago. Eight-five percent say their lives are going in the right direction, 69% percent the same is true of their local communities, and 58% say their states are on the right track. Most startling (and heartening) of all, 80% of blue collar workers are optimistic about the future (one-third are “very optimistic”), and 88% are optimistic that their children will have better lives than they do. Just one year ago, a Pew survey put that number at a depressing 37%.
It’s odd: I was assured by the “smartest” people that Donald Trump was lying to the rubes when he said he wanted to help forgotten blue collar workers. I was told that he only wanted to enrich his billionaire buddies, and was cynically pandering by claiming that factory and energy jobs would return when those had left the USA for good and were never coming back.
Journalists frustrated that blue collar workers don’t seem as upset as they are about invisible Russian collusion or the preening lawyers of aggrieved porn stars should consider that maybe those workers aren’t “uninformed” or “misled” or "disengaged." They just have their priorities straight.