Reading only the progressive PA politics Internet, you might get the idea that Anthony Hardy Williams is going to be in bad shape for the Philadelphia Mayoral race in 2015, since he’s made school reform his signature issue for years, but recently *everyone* in the Democratic base has become radicalized in opposition to Corporate School Reform™ policies like vouchers and charter schools. After all, everybody I read on Twitter who cares a lot about this issue seems to have very strident left wing views on the topic.
Except it’s mainly just white liberals who feel this way! Black Democrats lopsidedly support vouchers:
Overall, voters opposed “providing financial assistance to help parents in low-income families send their children to private or charter schools,” aka vouchers, by a solid 54% to 31% margin.
But respondents had widely different views based on race. White Democrats oppose vouchers 63% to 23%. But black Democrats support vouchers, 58% to 30%.
It’s remarkable how not in trouble Anthony Williams’ candidacy is on this issue. It turns out he’s actually just been delivering what his voters want.
Here’s a similar issue where there’s a big divide between the white upper middle class liberals overrepresented on Twitter and the actual Democratic base.
You may have heard on the Internet that Allyson Schwartz is a big New Democrat sellout, but it turns out she’s far and away the favorite candidate of actual self-described liberals in the electorate. Real life voters don’t read Keystone Politics and they aren’t hearing your grousing on Twitter :(
(via Keegan Gibson)