All the whites I know, and I know quite a few, get some help from the Federal Government. A majority of them get the whole nine yards. Food stamps, medicaid, public housing, help with heating bills, free or reduced school meals for their children, and those first of the month and welfare checks. A lot of white southern Republican voters would be homeless, and starving if it weren't for Democrats. Their children would hardly ever see a real doctor.
Yet, if you ask why they vote Republican, the answers most often given are: the Democrats want to give everything away. Sometime they say: Democrats want gay to marry, (some have gay relatives and friends, but conclude this a safe answer, since a lot of black people are also bigoted toward gay Americans). Some say; because of abortion. A lot of the white women I know have had abortions, most have had more than one. Since a lot of white Southerns benefit greatly from Govt safety net programs that the Democrats put in place, and the gay and abortion reasons don't whole water. It's plain and simple why they vote republican: Race. These particular white folks perceive Republicans as being more in tune with their feelings on white supremacy. The proof is this; when the racist Dixiecrats ruled the south, the entire white south was voting democratic. After Democrats put in laws that assured blacks would have the same Federal Govt protected rights as whites in the south Dixiecrats all went to the republican side of the isle in local, state and Federal Govt. And so the most whites voters
I once asked a white co-worker with all Government help she gets from Democratic programs (and she get the whole nine yards), why is she a Republican? She answered "my family has always voted Republican". I said to her that George Wallace was Democrat, and that I knew her family voted for him. She did not respond (maybe she didn't know Wallace was Democrat).
In the 1968 Alabama's Governor George C Wallace, who gained all his power in the racist south by demonizing blacks, and promising segregation forever, ran for POTUS as an Independent. He based his campaign on a racist platform, and won five southern states.
More than a "few"southern whites want and need all the benefits from Democratic social programs, but they vote Republican to feel above other races. For Democrats are seen as more tolerant towards blacks and other minorities. The Republicans set up, and used very well, the southern strategy (portraying blacks as lazy, ignorant people, who hate work, only want to live off government handouts, and most of all, that white women are in danger of be being spoiled by black men). The Republicans knew that white a lot of Southerns (and whites in general) would flock to them in droves using this sorry bogus strategy.
The 1990 census numbers show that 63% of all American welfare recipients are whites from the South, Mid South, and Southwest (link below). The very places where whites are complaining the loudest about the welfare state. The south is filled with whites that live in fantasy land. A land that only non whites benefit from the Democratic social programs. These whites need the entitlements, and want Republicans in office.
If a person were to drive the streets of one of these southern towns, most of the businesses the person would see, are check cashing payday loan places, Wal-Marts, and plenty of fast food joints. If the person were to go in one of the fast food joints, the only people the person would see behind the counters would be blacks and browns. The hardest working people in the world are blacks and browns. We do lowest paid, most labor intensive jobs. Yet according to whites Southerns they don't deserve the same Government help they, whites get. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n10_v50/ai_17361016/