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Poll of rural Americans shows deep
cultural divide with urban centers

Washington Post, by Jose A. DelReal, Scott Clement

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Posted By:JoniTx, 6/17/2017 1:04:19 PM

The political divide between rural and urban America is more cultural than it is economic, rooted in rural residents’ deep misgivings about the nation’s rapidly changing demographics, their sense that Christianity is under siege and their perception that the federal government caters most to the needs of people in big cities, according to a wide-ranging poll that examines cultural attitudes across the United States. The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey of nearly 1,700 Americans — including more than 1,000 adults living in rural areas and small towns — finds deep-seated kinship in rural America, coupled with a stark sense of


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Reply 1 - Posted by: IowaDad, 6/17/2017 1:31:09 PM     (No. 11289592)

What was their first clue?

These facts are perfectly obvious to everyone, even without WAPO trumpeting a poll.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mackrand, 6/17/2017 1:33:58 PM     (No. 11289598)

Interesting that nearly every question has to do with the Governments interaction in the business of America. I should say ´Interference´ in the business of America. The second item of note is that it is a poll by the Washington Post. Don´t know how the Kaiser Family Foundation got roped into appearing to support the WP!

The Business of America is actively being interfered with every day, all day long. From regulations to taxation to permitting to inspection, it is the reason for the dearth of jobs and new businesses in America.

This cultural divide as I see it is between those looking for the Government to take care of them and those who only want to be left alone to take care of themselves.

John Galt is still alive and well in America. There are few people of means who are now willing to fight the establishment to make a buck. Better to retreat to save one than to pith it away trying to comply with insane rules.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 6/17/2017 1:39:41 PM     (No. 11289600)

The Kaiser Family Foundation is just a "not-for-profit" ruse for a highly political organization that rakes in huge dollars tax-free while telling us all how to live. Not-for-profits MUST be ended. They are undermining the fabric of American culture at every level.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/17/2017 1:40:53 PM     (No. 11289602)

It is NOT "demographics" that people have a problem with; it is the lack of understanding of American values and disregard of the county´s governing documents and laws. The Marxists in the cities think they have a "right to healthcare," so they think they can make slaves of our offspring who we have struggled to educate into doctors and nurses. They think the have a "right" to eat well, so they want to make farmers slaves to the city folks so they don´t have to worry about where their food comes from while the perform their sick plays in the city park.And they expect our sons to defend their rights and to keep a bunch of terrorists from dropping them from their tall city buildings. We are to serve them while they hold us in contempt.

No, it is not demographics (read racism).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: IdahoSky, 6/17/2017 1:44:46 PM     (No. 11289605)

I´m really sorry I gave the WaPo the click.
The questions are biased to get the intended response.
Ask about social issues and some of the absolutely ridiculous mandates coming from the Department of Education for transgendered students. Or ask about the miserable education many kids get in public schools.
Ask about Obamacare.
Ask about foreign policy.
Ask about gun ownership.
Ask about terrorism.
Ask about entitlement reform and unfunded pensions.
Ask about fiscal responsibility.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/17/2017 1:56:25 PM     (No. 11289616)

The man in Roma, Texas, says what I believe, too, about immigrants, although I would never have voted for Hillary Clinton.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chance_232, 6/17/2017 2:00:00 PM     (No. 11289618)

Let me boil this down to one simple statement.

Rural voters are ignorant racists.

Thats my takeaway.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 6/17/2017 2:06:24 PM     (No. 11289623)

Not a surprise. Metro areas voted Clinton. Everywhere else voted Trump. Look at a county map of the 2016 election results.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: darling, 6/17/2017 2:17:24 PM     (No. 11289630)

I was born into a southern family with rural origins. I can shop and cook in a thrifty manner, make simple repairs and often choose to "make do," rather than run out and buy something I really don´t need. My parents and grandparents imparted their work ethic to my generation.

I am a college-educated woman who has lived and worked in rural and urban areas. My values will always be those of my forebears. Faith and self-reliance are so much a part of me that it seems almost like a genetic thing.

Most of my friends who were born and raised in big cities seem to think that cut up chickens and loaves of bread magically appear on supermarket shelves. They believe a home-cooked meal is something you buy premade and heat up.

I don´t think my friends would do well in a crisis or out-and-out catastrophe. I remember the people sitting on the bridge after Katrina hit and think a lot of city-dwellers would behave the same way. Just sit there and wait for help that probably will never come. The rural citizen will get up and start walking, thanking God for His mercy at having survived.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/17/2017 2:26:58 PM     (No. 11289637)

No mention of how urban liberals show up in small towns and demand a Christmas display be torn down, a prayer by the football team be silenced, how a bakery must make a cake shaped like a P**** or V*****, or how the EPA imposed harsh regulations on farmland use.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: steveW, 6/17/2017 2:32:23 PM     (No. 11289642)

The Enemedia just cannot understand why normal Americans don´t enjoy Kathy Griffin´s treasonous, perverted bloodlust as much as they do.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wildcat1, 6/17/2017 3:19:13 PM     (No. 11289670)

Rural can survive without urban, but not vice versa.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 6/17/2017 3:50:32 PM     (No. 11289691)

If Trump can be said to "sexually harass" Comey with his strong personality, perhaps urban vs. small town can be the new racism?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rama41, 6/17/2017 4:22:05 PM     (No. 11289710)

Washington Post writers visit the colonies to report back on the natives.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 6/17/2017 7:10:16 PM     (No. 11289836)

I don´t know what type of immigrant that guy from Roma was talking about but if he included the "illegal" immigrants. he doesn´t get my vote. I lived as an immigrant as did my wife and family and I don´t have a beef. Illegals got nothing to say about it, they are not entitled to be here. If they think they have it bad, ask them about how those who are illegal in their homeland are treated. otherwise, I don´t hear too many immigrant legally here complaining about their treatment as immigrants.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 6/17/2017 7:33:19 PM     (No. 11289847)

I don´t know what type of immigrant that guy from Roma was talking about but if he included the "illegal" immigrants; especially those little darlings of M13, one of the most vicious gangs of all time, he doesn´t get my vote. I lived as an immigrant as did my wife and family and I don´t have a beef. Illegals got nothing to say about it, they are not entitled to be here. If they think they have it bad, ask them about how those who are illegal in their homeland are treated. otherwise, I don´t hear too many immigrant legally here complaining about their treatment as immigrants.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: suedotsue, 6/17/2017 10:14:36 PM     (No. 11289957)

They always speak of so-called rapidly changing demographics as if they´re a ticking time bomb that will end American culture. They´re right, but they never mention that this was done deliberately. Since 1965 the political class has engineered US immigration and refugee laws for the main purpose of eradicating American culture and feelings of nationalism. Thus, no complaints about constant flood of cheap foreign labor. Targeting a culture for extinction is Lemkin´s definition of genocide.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JimBob, 6/18/2017 12:48:49 AM     (No. 11290016)

I saw the rural-urban divide ´up close and personal´ while growing up in western Fairfax county, VA (about 30 miles or so west of DC) in the mid-´60´s to the mid-´70´s. The rural farming area I was born into was paved over. It is now wall-to-wall housing developments, office parks, shopping centers, and highways.
The largely conservative, self-sufficient farmers and ´country folks´ were driven out and replaced by hordes of ´urban people´ and last time I visited, a high percentage of foreigners.
Every landmark is gone. Every farm is gone. Every forest is gone. All the people I knew are gone. My home has been obliterated.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dvc, 6/18/2017 12:54:29 AM     (No. 11290019)

How is it possible that this is news?

They are idiots, as we have always known.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/18/2017 3:23:13 AM     (No. 11290067)

To the teacher in Roma: I live in a sea of brown and you are wrong. So sick of favoritism and every form asking if I identify as a Hispanic. Sick of minorities getting favoritism in job, grants, and opportunities. Christians are under attack.

In the 60s the fight was about equal rights. There is no just thing.

But, no one polled me.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: rolfnader, 6/18/2017 10:01:57 AM     (No. 11290244)

Good point #10- It´s getting increasingly more difficult for those of us in rural America to just ignore the cities as we had been able to a great extent. But the hand of big government that feeds, houses and clothes so many 2nd through 4th world slums tries to FORCE its denizens on our rural areas. The do-gooders from Washington/Lansing are popping up ´mixed -residential apartment complexes all around us through building permit extortion. As soon as one opens, the sirens and flashers are busy around the clock. A person has to just consider moving even farther north.

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