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Like Race and Class, Commute and Homeownership Divide Us

The constituents of Trump voters in the U.S. Congress offer clues to the role played by the way people live and commute in America’s political divisions.
Apartments for rent in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Apartments for rent in Las Vegas, Nevada.Mike Blake/Reuters

Race and class are seen as key fault lines in America’s deepening political divide. But a new analysis of congressional voting under Trump shows an additional fault line—a divide that falls across the way we live and get to work, between homeowners and drivers on the one hand, and renters and mass transit commuters on the other.

That is the big takeaway from an analysis of voting by congressional representatives during the Trump administration, conducted by my colleague Patrick Adler of the University of Toronto’s School of Cities.