Some rural residents, especially those who favor Donald Trump, say they are not benefiting from the rise in incomes, Binyamin Appelbaum, Patricia Cohen and Jack Healy report for The New York Times. Ralph Kingan, mayor of Wright, Wyo., told NYT, "We ain’t feeling too much of all that economic growth that I heard was going on, patting themselves on the back. It ain’t out in the West.” (NYT graphic: Change in annual household income)
The Times writes, "While the economy finally is moving in the right direction, the real incomes of most American households still are smaller than in the late 1990s. And large swaths of the country—rural America, industrial centers in the Rust Belt and Appalachia—are lagging behind. The repeated assertions by Trump that the middle class is being decimated and the economy is in decline ring true to his supporters. Many Americans, even those who are prospering, remain pessimistic about the fragile recovery."
David Autor, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-authored a study that "found that voting patterns had shifted most in the parts of the country that lost the most jobs as a result of increased trade with China," NYT writes. "The study, which focused on congressional elections, found that voters in districts with heavy job losses have tended toward ideological extremes, replacing moderates with more conservative or liberal representatives."