That's interesting in part because the country has gotten so much more diverse since Ronald Reagan was elected. In 1980, about 6 percent of the population was Hispanic and about 80 percent of the country was white. (The Census Bureau tallies the two groups separately; this article uses the term “white” to refer to non-Hispanic whites.) In 2015, only 62 percent of the country was white — and 18 percent was Hispanic.
That said, Trump's Cabinet — mostly men, mostly white — does resemble another group of people: those who voted for Trump.
Consider gender. According to exit polling, 53 percent of Trump voters were men. That's not as heavily male as Trump's Cabinet, which is 87 percent male. But it's more male than the population on the whole. If you include Cabinet-level positions — U.N. ambassador, chief of staff, head of the EPA — the ratio shifts a bit more.
Still a wide disparity. But, again, that vanishes when you look at race. Thirty-eight percent of Americans are nonwhite, but only 13 percent of Trump's Cabinet is. But only 13 percent of Trump's voting base was nonwhite, according to exit polling.
Trump has also selected a Cabinet that more strongly reflects red America. The number of red states increased since 2012, which is why Trump is the president-elect. But by picking staffers from Tennessee (Labor), Montana (Interior), South Carolina (United Nations. and OMB) and Alabama (Justice), some of the reddest states in the country will have a seat at Trump's decision-making table.
Unsurprisingly, Trump's Cabinet is also a bit older than America. More than half of his support came from people ages 50 and older.
There's another way in which Trump's Cabinet outperforms the country: military service. By stocking his Cabinet with generals and a few other veterans of the armed services, Trump's team has more veterans than are represented in the general population. He got a higher percentage of his support from veterans than are represented in the population, too. (So did Hillary Clinton, for what it's worth, though less of Clinton's support came from vets.)
The big way in which Trump's Cabinet looks little like America or his voters is on wealth. His decision-making team includes several billionaires, a group that makes up 0.017 percent of the population. Slightly more of Trump's base of support was made up of those earning $100,000 or more a year than was Clinton's, but it's very safe to assume that every member of his Cabinet exceeds that income level.
Trump's “Make America Great Again” promise often seems to hark back to the Reagan administration. In one sense, his Cabinet is already hitting that mark, looking far more like the America of 1980 than the America of 2016. But it also looks like the voting bloc that elected him president.