According to the Washington Post, Trump’s relationship with suburban white men, key constituents for him, has eroded since his inauguration. The government shutdown has further undermined the relationship.
One 2016 Trump voter, Jeff Daudert, asked himself, “What the [expletive] were we thinking?”
Daudert noted, “I was certainly for the anti-status quo. … I’ll be more status quo next time.”
Daudert’s hometown, Detroit, is responding to the government shutdown by supporting federal workers.
A local credit union is offering low-interest loans for furloughed employees, and some local governments are beginning to allow federal workers to defer property taxes, utility bills and parking tickets.
Since December, Trump’s net approval rating has dropped 7 points, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
Approval ratings among suburban men have fallen 18 percentage points.
Another 2016 Trump voter, Jeremiah Wilburn said, “I was doing fine with him up until the government shutdown. It’s ridiculous. You’re not getting the wall built for $5 billion. And Mexico is not paying for it, we all know that, too. Meanwhile, it’s starting to turn people like me away.”
Wilburn says the government shutdown raises doubts that Trump cares for the working class.
In the 2020 Presidential election, Democrats will have to figure out how to win back Macomb County, Detroit. They will have to address immigration, as Democrats realized that immigration is a more important issue to the voters than they had predicted.
“People do want immigration managed,” said Stan Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who has been studying Macomb County voters since the 1980s. “Trump makes it hard because he’s so outrageous. You don’t want to give him an inch. But immigration is still an important issue, and Democrats will have to speak to it.”