And I think that, so many times, white, non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G’s, God being the woman’s right to choose. -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to Judy Woodruff in an interview Wednesday
What Nancy Pelosi said isn't necessarily a new idea: The theory that white, working-class men vote Republican because of social issues and — from Democrats' perspective — to the detriment of their economic interests.
But it is worth taking a closer look this year. Hillary Clinton is struggling mightily this campaign with white men, who, according to Washington Post-ABC News polling, are supporting Trump by higher margins than they did for Mitt Romney in 2012; 77 percent of them hold an unfavorable view of the Democratic nominee. And there's a possibility the presidential race will be played out in the Rust Belt and Midwest, where there is a higher concentration of white, working-class men.
While we can't ask every white, non-college-educated man whom they're voting for and why, we can get an idea of how strongly they feel about the three issues Pelosi pointed out. So let's do that.
Do working-class white men feel more strongly about ...
They do indeed like their guns more than other Americans do.
They're more likely than the rest of the country to want the next president to oppose stricter gun control laws, according to this month's Washington Post-ABC News poll — 6 in 10 compared with fewer than 4 in 10 of those in the country as a whole.
Gays: Not really
At the GOP convention in Cleveland, several big-name Republican speakers went out of their way to mention LGBT rights, including Trump — despite the fact their party platform didn't support legalizing same-sex marriage.
It was an interesting dynamic given a 2015 Pew Research poll that suggested 59 percent of Republicans would be "upset" if their child was gay or lesbian (including 30 percent very upset).
But take away the partisan lens and you'll find that white, working-class men don't seem to feel much differently about same-sex marriage than the rest of the population does. In fact, a majority of them support it.
An April 2015 Washington Post-ABC News poll found 61 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. So do 57 percent of white, non-college-educated men.
Notable: College-educated white Americans are more likely to support same-sex marriage (70 percent) than white Americans without a college degree (58 percent).
God (or, abortion): Not really
Here we don't see a major difference either between non-college-educated men and the rest of the population, either.
In July, Washington Post-ABC News polling found that a small majority of Americans (52 percent) want a president who supports legal abortion in most cases. Non-college white men weren't far behind, at 48 percent.