So you voted for Barack Obama back in 2008, and perhaps you helped to re-elect him in 2012. How’s that working out for you?
Chances are, not well. Indeed, the evidence is overwhelming that those who most supported Obama have fared the worst under his policies. This, in turn, raises the question as to why these people would vote for someone who has economically been such as failure. The answers to that question are troubling indeed.
Rewind to the 2012 elections. The table below shows the ten counties or county equivalents which garnered the largest proportion of Obama votes alongside the current unemployment rates in those counties. Every one of those counties has a higher unemployment rate than the overall U.S. rate of 7.4%. In fact, the average unemployment rate of these counties is 13.7%, more than 6% higher than the national rate.
Perhaps more fascinating is that seven of these counties or equivalents were also among the top ten voting for Obama in 2008.