Jan 20, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump won in counties with failing businesses

Trump won 209 counties that voted twice for Obama. New research shows that in about 75% of those counties, more businesses closed from 2010 to 2014 than opened. The key takeaway from the Economic Innovation Group:

It's important to note that these counties ran the gamut from affluent to distressed; highly educated to below average; overwhelmingly white to majority-minority. In spite of their many differences, a decline in business dynamism is where the vast majority found common ground.

EIG, which has researched places missing out on economic growth, also tracked Trump's success in rural counties.

Our thought bubble: This data supports the narrative that Trump was elected by voters left behind by globalization and the economic recovery, and who backed him to upend the status quo.

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