WERE THE 1950S BETTER?
“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.