It's absolutely astounding. For more than 100 years, red states have been the poorest areas with the least opportunity, particularly rural areas, areas that vote overwhelmingly Republican.
Nearly all of the post-recession growth has occurred in metropolitan areas, you know, all the "big cities" with their "liberal elites". Employment in rural areas is below what it was during the Great Bush Recession. That wonderful Trump economy doesn't seem to be doing so well for his voters.
Why bother voting Republican if all you're doing is voting for the same people with the same bad policies that keep you poor and haven't managed to effect change for more than a century? Red states are the poorest in the nation, being the largest welfare, food stamp, and medicaid recipients. If Republicans are "fiscally responsible" and their economic policies "work", why are the blue states the ones always making the gains? makes no sense. Republicans promise progress, but the data is quite clear - Democrats are the ones who actually do it.