Why is the underclass losing faith in political elections?
The reason is quite simple and clear:
Because political elections do not change the situation of the “underclass”.
The interests of the economy, the interests of the rich and those of the super-rich are represented by politics and by a lobby.
Who represents the interests of the so-called “little people”, who you call the “underclass”, as a honourable questioner.
Look and marvel at the following study, a study by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).
The study was intended, among other things, as a help to better argue, e.g. in discussions around the Poverty and Wealth Report.When the study was completed, it was quietly published by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) without much fuss. And never mentioned again.
Understandable if you appreciate the result.
Link see below.
(This study was also mentioned in the documentary “Unequal Land”.)
The sentence that is decisive for Germany is (unfortunately) at the end of the short description.
I also recommend following the links.Especially the link of the BMAS. It is nice to read how cleverly the short description of the BMAS avoids discovering the explosiveness of the study.
Democracy is a way of deciding controversial issues in a way that also seems legitimate to the inferior.No one can expect their own opinion to be implemented at all and the end of the day. However, if politics systematically follows the political preferences of certain social groups, while those of others are disregarded, the principle of political equality is damaged. The new responsiveness research examines whether political decisions are in line with the will of the citizens and, if so, whose opinions are implemented. In the US, this shows a distinctly selective responsiveness of politics at the expense of the poor. In this research report, we examine for the first time whether similar patterns in political responsiveness can be observed in Germany as in the USA. To this end, we evaluate 252 factual questions asked in the DeutschlandTrend surveys for the period 1998 to 2013. The questions relate to policy changes discussed at the time of the survey. For each of these substantive questions, we determine the proportion of respondents who agree with them. We divide the respondents by income, occupation, education, age, gender and region. In the database “Responsiveness and Public Opinion in Germany (ResPOG)” we also encode which policy area a question belongs to and whether there has been a policy change within two or four years after the survey. The analysis of these data shows a clear correlation between the policy decisions taken and the attitudes of the better-off, but no or even a negative link for the low-income.“
Shepherd, Armin; Alsatian, Lea; Hense, Svenja (2016): Living conditions in Germany.Poverty and wealth reporting by the Federal Government. Research project “Systematically distorted decisions? The responsiveness of German politics from 1998 to 2015”.
Further links to the BMAS:
BMAS – Systematically distorted decisions?The responsiveness of German politics from 1998 to 2015
“The German People”?The unequal responsiveness of the BundestagGovernment for the People? 鈥?Unequal Responsiveness of the Bundestag
The study as a download: