I see the word “relatively” used a great deal in that article. It seems to overlook the fact that demographic shifts and other issues aside, the divide between “haves” and “have nots” is getting larger. Being on the relatively good side of not so well off isn’t exactly satisfying.
I’ve been saying for some time that the economy on TV isn’t the economy on main street. Maybe one day they’ll figure that out. I find the way the article tries to pick apart economic means from future well-being is interesting. I would think in this instance they’re fairly well correlated.
The article seems to subtly push the narrative that Trump voters are just racists, which is what the media have been using to deny their economic motivations from day one.