Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Don’t Forget High Earners

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
A tax reform that offers them nothing will drive them farther away

As sure as the sun had risen in the east, upper-income, educated, private-sector-employed whites had for decades voted Republican. Even the growing importance of social issues and rising secularism hadn’t changed that fact: Republican presidential candidates still carried high-income and college-educated whites, even if their margins were lower than in prior decades.

All that changed in 2016.

Upper-middle-income, college-educated whites are increasingly unhappy with a Republican party dominated by President Trump and his agenda. Unless the party recognizes the threat and tries to keep this group under the Republican umbrella, it could find both its House majority and its dominance in statehouses

Henry OlsenMr. Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, an editor at, and the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.

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