As the American presidential campaign continues its meandering twists and turns, last week brought a major surprise when Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary election. Public-opinion expert Nate Silver deemed this upset “among the greatest polling errors in primary history,” because across the latest array of pre-voting polls Clinton was leading Sanders by an average of 21 percentage points.

We recently wrote about the fragility of voter polls, and so interesting though that topic remains it is not our focus today. Rather, we want to address how Sanders’s upset underscores how many American voters are in distress—not just metaphorically but literally in terms of the economic conditions in which they live.

By: Matthew J. Slaughter and Matt Rees, Slaughter & Rees Report

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Distressed Communities Index (DCI) 

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