I live in West Virginia which actually is a Democrat state and many people have a sense of entitlement that is more typical of the urban ghetto and illegal aliens than of rural America but the vast majority are honest, hardworking people who want to make an honest living. I used to live in Maryland, a state that is run by three jurisdictions dominated either by liberal elites, illegal aliens, or ghetto people who feel entitled to welfare.
I'll use West Virginia which is becoming more conservative, and Louisiana, the classic Red state where I was born and spent my childhood, as examples. The actual "white trash" who live in the run down trailer parks (there are nice trailer parks too for those of you among the Northeast and California liberal elite) who are dependent on welfare DO tend to vote liberal. The poorest counties in West Virginia are the bluest. What many people don't understand is that despite higher rates of poverty in West Virginia and Louisiana, the vast majority of residents in these states still do NOT depend on the government and are NOT on welfare. There are many blue collar people and families who are not poor enough to benefit from government handouts (and we work hard and won't take a dime we didn't earn because we have pride in ourselves) yet are more affected by the liberal Democrats constant tax hikes than the liberal elite are.
For example Obama's war on coal is going to increase electric rates for most Americans. Democrats are always trying to raise the gas tax, income tax, etc. These things affect working class families a lot more than a rich Prius driving liberal living in a yuppie condo in Los Angeles. Most of us middle class and blue collar folks are hurt by Obamacare and by the liberal taxes, and our jobs are lost because of the EPA and liberal taxes and regulations that make America less competitive. The liberal elite only cares about those biotech and high-tech jobs like they have in Silicon Valley, they don't understand that people depend on coal mining, steel making, etc and they pass laws like ridiculous EPA regulations that force companies to move abroad. The US has the highest corporate tax rate in the entire world and companies headquartered here are taxed not just on US profits but on all income even abroad.
For many liberal elites, higher taxes are a trade off they are willing and able to make in order to promote their liberal social agenda of abortion, death penalty repeal, etc on the rest of us.