Despite a booming economy, Iowa’s midterm election results show many Midwesterners still feel left behind

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The hard-fought political battles that energized voters indicate that Americans, regardless of political party affiliation, are concerned about the future of the country. This is especially true in many parts of rural America where the lack of opportunities has resulted in a bleak outlook in many communities. When rural voters read of booming urban economies, record highs on the stock market, and low unemployment rates, it does not match their observations of what’s happening around them. 

Now that the midterm election is over, many of my fellow Iowans are looking forward to resuming normal daily activities, finishing up the fall harvest, raking their lawns without the nuisance of political yard signs, and watching television without the constant barrage of negative campaign ads.

I’ve spent my career studying trends in rural culture and what these trends suggest about the future of rural communities.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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