By Michael Messina
Let’s be clear, more union households voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump. The Democratic side still holds the upper hand there, but exit polls showed a swing this year that clearly helped Trump win the presidency.
As the Huffington Post points out, polls are never entirely accurate and this year was a glaring example of their defects. Even so, when voters left the polls, some shocking numbers turned up.
The Huffington Post reports:
Most of Tuesday’s exit polls, which deserve a grain of salt, suggest Hillary Clinton did worse among union households than the Democratic candidate has done in recent elections. (“Union household” is different from union member ― the designation includes not only union members but voters who live with one.)
Both CNN and Fox exit polls gave Clinton an 8-point advantage in union households. ABC’s exiting polling wasn’t as bad for Clinton; those numbers gave her a 16-point margin.
But those would still be weak performances compared with other recent candidates. Exit polls from 2012 showed Obama taking union households by 18 points.
Whoa. That’s a huge shift. And not even the AFL-CIO, which did some scouting before hand and heavily endorsed Clinton, saw it coming.
After the results came through, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had this to say:
This election is a statement about our broken economic and political rules. Therefore, the work of the labor movement continues with fresh urgency. The change voters cried out for in this campaign can be found by standing together in unions. The election is over. But we are more committed than ever to helping working people win a voice on the job and in our democracy.
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