If 10% of white college-educated Americans say they consider themselves part of the Tea Party then how many white working-class Americans consider themselves part of the Tea Party?
How many white working-class Americans say that either abortion or same-sex marriage is the most important issue to their vote?
How many white working-class Americans believe the economic system in this country unfairly favors the wealthy?
How many white working-class Americans say government has paid too much attention to problems of blacks and other minorities?
If 60% of white college-educated Americans prefer to shop at Target, what percentage of white working-class Americans prefer to shop at Wal-Mart?
How many white working-class Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in our country?
If 57% of white working-class Americans say illegal immigrants taking jobs are responsible for the country's current economic problems, then how many say corporations moving jobs overseas are responsible?

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How can Americans come together to forge solutions to our most vexing problems if we only know our story and our perspective?

Why, despite alignment around key issues, has the white working class been overlooked by most social change philanthropies and overshadowed by dynamic organizing efforts in communities of color?

Cultural alienation from and ignorance about this community is rampant. For most of us, what we know about the white working class comes from the media and the movies. Exclude urban whites and union members, and our obliviousness is near total.

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To get beyond the stereotypes that inhibit our understanding of the real values and needs of white working-class Americans, The Nathan Cummings Foundation helped commission a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation has long believed that challenging conventional wisdom, especially in today’s polarized political climate, is essential to making systemic and lasting change.

By understanding the nuances, the complex interests and experiences, as well as the struggles, of more than one-third of our nation, we will be able to better confront the challenges facing Americans of all backgrounds.