From USAToday (Oct 14, 2009):
“Democratic members of the House of Representatives now represent most of the nation’s wealthiest people, a sharp turnaround from the long-standing dominance that Republicans have held over affluent districts.”
“A USA TODAY analysis of new Census data found that Democrats represent a far different constituency today than they did in 2005, when they were the minority in the House, or in 1990, when they were the majority.”
“The Democratic-controlled House is now an unusual combination of the richest and poorest districts, the best and least educated, and the best and the worst insured. The analysis found that Democrats have attracted educated, affluent whites who had tended previously to vote Republican.”
=== Bill4DogCatcher sez ===
This trend poses a double-edged sword problem for Republicans.
Republicans were the party of the well-to-do (Income $200,000+/year = 4.8m households) until election of 2006. No longer. Democrats attract these folks now: Dems 57% vs Reps 43% .
So if the Republicans keep arguing that Democrat = Socialist = the sacking of those with money then we have a credibility gap. What is it that these $200,000+ folks see in the Democrats?
How did the best friend of the rich lose their confidence so badly?