Business Survey Reveals Elites’ Disregard of the Immigration Costs Paid by Americans

A new survey shows vast gaps between the opinion of elites and of ordinary Americans about the burdens and costs of cheap-labor immigration.

Twenty-seven percent of Democratic supporters, but only four percent of Democratic Party elites, said they agree that that large-scale immigration is a “critical threat.” That’s a 23-point gap, or a seven-fold difference between leaders and led in the Democratic coalition.

In some ways, that gap in the Democratic Party is larger than the gap in the GOP, which has torn itself in two this year over the issue.

Sixty-seven percent of GOP supporters, but only 16 percent of GOP leaders, see large number of immigrants as a critical threat. That’s a larger 51-point gap, but a smaller four-fold difference of opinion between elites and ordinary GOP members, than seen in the Democratic Party.

Speaking of elites… The CBC’s screechy preachy Neil MacDonald misses the point entirely…

Reaching for the top while bashing the elites: Kellie Leitch picks up the cudgel

  • ontario john

    Large global corporations pull the strings of politicians, to bring in more immigrants so they can keep wages at the minimum allowed through temp agencies.

    • Alain

      Along with outsourcing most domestic jobs. Nowadays when attempting to contact customer service of the majority you end up speaking to some foreigner, often unable to communicate clearly in English, hundres of thousands of miles away.

      • How many time I have slammed the phone in frustration…

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          It’s hard to slam a phone these days with cellphones and cordless phones at home.
          Maybe somebody could make an app for that.

        • ontario john

          I’m tired of pakis trying to sell me duct cleaning from Islamabab.

          • canminuteman

            We don’t answer the phone any more unless it’s someone we know. If it’s important, they can leave a message.

          • Alain

            Same here. Long live “Call display”.

  • felis gracilis

    Sometimes I also wonder if our side of the aisle isn’t pushing too hard on the “media elitist” meme.
    Then I read an arrogant column like McDonald’s…

    • Yea, the CBC of all should not be trashing the people who pay their salaries.

      • Observer

        By the time Trudeau, Wynne and other politicians get through if we don’t declare financial bankruptcy federally and in many provinces, hopefully they won’t have the money for the Communist Broadcasting Corps.

  • Dana Garcia


    Actually, there’s big money to be made in the purposeful ruination of a great nation.

  • G

    “Speaking of elites… The CBC’s screechy preachy Neil MacDonald misses the point entirely…”

    U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy once hammered a clueless witness at a congressional hearing by saying “You’re either misunderstanding me inadvertently or deliberately”

    This could be said for MacDonald. He’s either too arrogant and self deluded to see the point or he’s too stupid. There is a reason people hate the press. There’s a reason people hate politicians & lawyers. They have a superiority complex the size of the Virgo supercluster.

    He speaks so loftily of higher education and journalist used the term “non-college educated” in such a sneering manner. And his snotty remark about “pumping gas in Peoria” is pure elitist snobbery.

    So am I to believe that a new university grad with a 4 year journalism degree is the intellectual superior to a journeyman mechanic with 10 years experience?
    Is a political science grad smarter than a 4th year apprentice plumber?

    Please, if that’s what you mean, please, please Puh-fucking-llleeeezzzz say in in front of a group of plumbers and mechanics. Make sure someone records the results with a cell phone camera. (a journalist getting his nose broke is worth a million Youtube hits).

    • canminuteman

      Journeyman electrician here. I work with some really smart people. Some of them are even university educated (me included). We don’t care if these people sneer at us. We comfort ourselves every time we get a bank statement.

      • G

        Cmm, it’s good that you have the patience and temperament to shrug off the sneering and ridicule of the elitists.

        But if the rise and success of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are any indication there are many people out there who are growing quite tired of politicians, activists, news media and academics telling everyone else what to think.

        I wish I could find the video I saw of a presentation on physics at a university a couple of years ago. A celebrated theoretical physicist was asked about his opinions on man made climate change.
        He said his opinions were worthless so he would not waste the time.
        When the student protested that he was physicist the scientist responded “Yes, meteorologists are physicists but I am the wrong kind of physicist to answer the question. My opinion holds no greater value than anyone else’s”

        This is an example of the difference between and elite and an elitist. This man was hugely educated but kept enough humility to know that outside of his expertise there were many people smarter than he.
        Our ruler and media are elitists, slightly different than elites.

  • canminuteman

    I have nothing against elites. I don’t get this thing that Canadians want their PM to be a common man. Personally I have higher standards than that. Kelly Leitch is a highly accomplished person, who could be a capable leader.

    My problem with the “elites”, is most people who think they are, aren’t, and those are the ones we tend to get stuck with as our politicians.

    • FactsWillOut

      Do you have a problem with elites taking your money or telling you how you may or may not make money?

      • canminuteman

        Yes I do, But like I stated in my post above, I don’t consider the people who do that to be elites. I consider people who are educated, successful and upstanding members of their community to be elites, not politicians.

        • FactsWillOut




          1.a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities.
          “the elite of Britain’s armed forces”
          synonyms: best, pick, cream, crème de la crème, flower, nonpareil, elect…

          Now, do you dispute that liberals, the media, etc, consider themselves to be “a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities?”

          It’s not us who consider them elites, it’s them. Perhaps the quantifier “self-proclaimed” is needed?

          • canminuteman

            To quote myself, in my original post – “My problem with the “elites”, is most people who think they are, aren’t, and those are the ones we tend to get stuck with as our politicians.”.

    • Alain

      Sorry but I for one do not require that the PM be a common man, but I do expect our PM not to loath Canada and Canadians. I do expect him to put Canada and Canadian first and not to line his own pockets at our expense.

  • FactsWillOut

    The only thing keeping the ceeb alive in the intellectual lazyness of the over 50’s.