Chris Arnade has done a lot of interesting work, but he constantly refers to the ‘front row kids’ and the ‘back row kids.’ The front row kids are the ones who did well in school, understand all the rules, and work them (and often live in urban-ish areas), while the back row kids are those who didn’t work the educational system, stayed in their hometowns, and so on. The back row kids, out of frustration (and some racism) turned to Trump. At some level, it’s an intriguing narrative. But these data* make me wonder if it’s overblown (boldface mine):
The group of Republicans who are least likely to believe college is harmful are the least well-off. Among Republicans, there’s also very little difference between educational groups–the least educated, which are the back row kids, don’t seem to dislike colleges any more than highly educated Republicans.
Where you do find the front/back row split is among Democrats.
It’s just one data point, but maybe some narratives need to be re-examined.
*Using data as a plural definitely counts as front row.