WERE THE 1950S BET­TER?

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“Few ideas are more di­vi­sive among the pub­lic than whether Amer­i­can cul­ture and way of life have changed for worse (51 per­cent) or bet­ter (48 per­cent) since the 1950s,” says Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI, a non­profit re­search group that has just re­leased its 2016 Amer­i­can Val­ues Sur­vey.

“This elec­tion has be­come a ref­er­en­dum on com­pet­ing vi­sions of Amer­ica’s fu­ture,” Mr. Jones con­tin­ues. “Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers are nos­tal­gic for the 1950s, an era when white Chris­tians in par­tic­u­lar had more po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural power in the coun­try, while Hil­lary Clin­ton sup­port­ers are lean­ing into — and even cel­e­brat­ing — the big cul­tural trans­for­ma­tions the coun­try has ex­pe­ri­enced over the last few decades.”

How’s that work­ing out? The new sur­vey found that 7 in 10 likely vot­ers sup­port­ing Mr. Trump say Amer­i­can so­ci­ety and way of life have changed for the worse since those prover­bial fab­u­lous ’50s. Seven in 10 likely vot­ers sup­port­ing Mrs. Clin­ton say things have changed for the bet­ter.

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