Get ‘er done! Trump’s approval among men.

Interesting stuff here:

Polling also suggests that Trump could do better in 2020 among men than he did in 2016, but his approval ratings among women of all races are dismal. The Washington Post-Schar School poll conducted June 27-July 2 found that men of all races approve of how Trump is handling the job by 54-45, while women of all races disapprove, 65-32, a 42-point gap. (The gap is determined in this way: If there were no difference between men and women, the gap would be zero. Using this case as an example, men are plus nine on Trump and women are minus 33, which produces a total gap of 42 points.)


I wrote to Dan McAdams, a professor in the psychology department at Northwestern who studies the Trump presidency. McAdams sent me his views on Trump’s allure:

Trump personifies an approach to leadership that many men find deeply appealing. It is a primal appeal to social dominance. Everybody — men and women — knows that social status can be seized through physical power and threat; the strongest, biggest, and boldest may lord it over the rest of us. But boys and men have more direct experiences of this kind of thing growing up — on the playground, for example, in gym class, in the military, and in various other socialization venues wherein male strength and bravura are praised and deeply prized, even as they also evoke fear and submission.

McAdams cited the comments of the primatologist Jane Goodall, who compared Trump’s behavior to that of a chimpanzee.

“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” Goodall told James Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic in 2016.

In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.


Kaufmann and Petrocik write:

Men have become increasingly Republican in their party identification and voting behavior since the mid-sixties while the partisanship and voting behavior of women has remained essentially constant.


Bringing this back to the present, I asked Kaufmann in an email, “What do men see in Trump that women fail to see?” She wrote back:

Trump, in deed and word, is all about men, white men in particular, but men generally. This is rare. The public sphere is filled with conversations regarding the disadvantages faced by racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community and women. Few candidates, however, are idiotic enough to vocalize the blame for all of this injustice on white men, but white men are always the implicit comparison group. Trump has no problem attacking racial minorities, gays and lesbians, and women when he feels justified. Men have a vocal advocate in Trump, and when he combines his pro-man message with his appeal to working-class racial anxiety — it’s a winning message for him, particularly among white working-class men.

There may be something else going on here. Many men are frustrated by seeing indecisiveness ….”just pick a plan and go with it” is the cry. “GET ‘ER DONE”! Think of Rambo or Dirty Harry characters in the movies. They just ACT and ignore those nerds and their spreadsheets and “what/if” analysis.

The movie Animal House made fun of this a bit; remember that Bluto went on to become a US Senator.

Incremental change that you need a spreadsheet to see? Reduced deaths/injuries due to this policy or that policy..a change that one needs to evaluate data to see? Phooey. That is Obama stuff.

Pounding the fist on the desk and yelling…THAT is what we are talking about!!!

I think that things will have to get very bad at the moment to drive men away from Trump (e. g. economic crash, bungled emergency response); long term competence is not a political winner.

July 12, 2018 - Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political

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