The Reagan Democrats were Democrats before the Reagan years and afterwards, but who voted for Reagan in and and for George H.
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Bush in , producing their landslide victories. They were mostly white socially conservative blue-collar workers who lived in the Northeast and were attracted to Reagan's social conservatism on issues such as abortion and to his hawkish foreign policy.
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They did not continue to vote Republican in or , so the term fell into disuse except as a reference to the s. The term is not generally used to describe the Southern whites who permanently changed party affiliation from Democrat to Republican during the Reagan administration and they have largely remained Republican to this day. Stan Greenberg , a Democratic pollster, analyzed white, largely unionized auto workers in suburban Macomb County, Michigan , just north of Detroit. He concluded that Reagan Democrats no longer saw Democrats as champions of their middle class aspirations, but instead saw it as being a party working primarily for the benefit of others, especially African Americans and the very poor.
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