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The Elite 1 Percent Behind the Cultural Civil War

The Elite 1 Percent Behind the Cultural Civil War

Scott Rasmussen has done America an enormous service. He and his team have identified the driving forces behind the destructive radicalism which is pushing us into a cultural civil war.

While doing their two weekly national surveys, Rasmussen and his team noticed an anomaly. Out of every 1,000 or so respondents, there would always be three or four who were far more radical than everyone else. After several months of finding these unusual responses, Rasmussen realized they all shared three characteristics.

The radical responses came from people who had graduate degrees (not just graduate studies), family incomes above $150,000 a year, and lived in large cities (more than 10,000 people per zip code).

When Rasmussen aggregated the responses from more than 20 surveys, he realized these people made up a unique elite 1 percent.

He then did a national survey of only people with these characteristics – and found some astonishing results. He briefed me and our team on the findings – and joined me on Newt’s World to talk about it further.

When all other voters gave President Joe Biden a 41 percent job approval, the elite 1 percent rated him at 82 percent approval.

The elite 1 percent are surprisingly young. Sixty-seven percent are between 35 and 54 years old. They are 86 percent white. Almost half of them (47 percent) favor “Sanders-like policies.” They are overwhelmingly Democrats (73 percent).

The gap between the elite 1 percent and the rest of America is startling. While 57 percent of all voters say there is not enough individual freedom in America, 47 percent of the elite 1 percent say there is too much freedom. If you ask the section of the group that is politically obsessed (people who talk politics every day), 69 percent say there is too much individual freedom in America.

Given this, it’s not surprising that the elite 1 percent have great faith in government. Some 70 percent trust government to do the right thing most of the time.

Rasmussen said that this project has revealed the scariest single polling number he has seen in nearly 35 years of studying popular opinion. According to his data, 35 percent of the elite 1 percent (and 69 percent of the politically obsessed elite 1 percent) said they would rather cheat than lose a close election. Among average Americans, 93 percent reject cheating and accept defeat in an honest election. Only 7 percent reported they would cheat.

While only 6 percent of most voters have a very favorable opinion of members of Congress, 69 percent of the elite 1 percent have a very favorable view (this is almost unimaginable). While 10 percent of all voters have a favorable view of journalists, the elite 1 percent really like them (71 percent favorable). While 17 percent of all voters have a favorable view of college professors, the elite 1 percent just love them (76 percent). This tracks, because many of the elite 1 percent may be college professors.

To illustrate the scale of the gap between the elite 1 percent and the rest of the country, consider the elite 1 percent’s views on climate issues (and understand that these ideas are opposed by 63 percent to 83 percent of most Americans).

  • 77 percent of the elite 1 percent would like to impose strict restrictions and rationing on the private use of gas, meat, and electricity.
  • 72 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning gas powered vehicles.
  • 69 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning gas stoves.
  • 58 percent of the elite 1 percent favor of banning sport utility vehicles.
  • 55 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning non-essential air travel.
  • 53 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning private air conditioning.

As Rasmussen noted, the degree to which the elite 1 percent think their views represent those of the average American is astonishing.

According to Rasmussen, the most radical of the elite 1 percent were educated at what he calls the “dirty dozen:” Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, John’s Hopkins, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Cornell, MIT, and the University of Chicago.

The elite 1 percent who graduated from these schools deeply believe in government. Fifty-five percent believe there is too much individual freedom in America and that Americans should obey government and follow government leadership.

Rasmussen’s identification of the elite 1 percent begins to explain the depth of the tension between most Americans and the tiny group of elitists who control what Vladimir Lenin called “the commanding heights,” the elements of power which control the rest.

It is the elite 1 percent who dominate the universities, news media, judiciary, intelligence agencies, giant foundations, and most major corporations. Although they are relatively few, they marry each other, their children go to the same schools, and they hire and promote each other.

Charles Murray in his classic work, “Coming Apart,” analyzed zip codes and proved that graduates from “dirty dozen” universities that Rasmussen described live, work and play in the same zip codes. They are an isolated set and create a “power aristocracy” that has no knowledge of the rest of us – and contempt for most of us. This perfectly explains Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” line.

Scott Rasmussen has done pioneering work. Every American should read “The Elite 1% and the Battle for America’s Soul” to understand what we are fighting to change.

This article was originally published by RealClearPolicy and made available via RealClearWire.

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    Kalikiano Kalei
    February 1, 2024, 4:27 pm

    An excellent assessment and advice from Newt about reading Rasmussen's book. It confirms what I am so many others have long suspected: that that same 'elite 1%' are completely out of touch with the actual realities that exist presently and that they utterly disdain the Hoi Poloi whom they feel need to be proscribed, proctored and socially 'regulated'. It is interesting to further observe that given the vast percentage of Americans who view mainstream entertainment and media mediums (AKA: The Big Eye) and whom base their concepts of reality on what they are spoon-fed by those forces via television, the corporate marketing forces that so thoroughly socialise viewers with their ideological pseudo-reality BS are in categorical lockstep with that cited elistist 1%.

    Would that the 'little people' (who are so disdained as being abysmally ignorant (by that elite) that they need ideological tutoring every single second of each day would switch off their smartphones (there's an oxymoron, if ever there was one!) and their television sets, and start using the 90% of their fore-brains that is currently idling in neutral gear'…

    Alas, as long as the American masses continue to be overly satiated with super-abundant materialist goods they hardly need, there's little chance of that ever happening! America! Ya gotta love it!

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    Nate Higgers
    February 2, 2024, 5:42 pm

    This is antisemitic

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    Stephen T.
    February 6, 2024, 3:54 am

    It is too late to purge this thinking from our educational system. Our only foil is to alert/awaken the masses, through excellent reports like this, because nobody likes getting played or manipulated. Don't re-act, but rather act locally, spread the word, and vote and spend accordingly.

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    Randy Culver
    February 21, 2024, 9:44 pm

    Stunning and yet, not. It seems like the problem isnt really the elite 1% but only that special group from the top 12 schools. Attack the outrageousness in those few, small institutions, and maybe the nation's decline can be turned around. After reading Russell Kirk's "The Conservative Mind," I became more convinced that the solution isn't to reduce the power of the elites or destroy meritocracy but to transform this group. We need the elites. Conservatism isnt populist, but the chaos we have now is what happens when the natural aristocracy is removed from its obligations to the rest of us. What a bunch of self-absorbed, ignorant preeners.

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      Pam Shumway@Randy Culver
      March 25, 2024, 10:52 am

      Who is “the natural aristocracy?” People born wealthy, like RFK, Jr? (He can barely get his foot in the door on his elite 1%-ness.) Or Donald Trump, a composite of everything American? Or influencers — once poor — like Tim Scott, Charles Payne, or Larry Elder? How about President (and Dr.) Russell M. Nelson? I was born into a well-to-do family with parents who graduated from Colgate & U. of Penn Vet School and Mt. Holyoke & believe the “elite 1%” are a diverse bunch of self-absorbed criminals from Culture-less roots. Look at Valerie Jarrett, George Soros, and Barack Obama/Barry Soetoro. (What regular folks grow up with 2 different names?) This war is between good & evil. It’s the next version — maybe final — of the American Revolution. Get ready, patriots (the elite 51%).


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