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December 8, 2012

Pew research on young voters in the presidential election

Filed under: Issues,People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 8:03 pm
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Based on Ann Coulter’s surprising revelation, based on Pew research, that young whites (18-29) preferred Romney over Obama in this year’s presidential election, I decided to go to the horse’s mouth for further information.  According to Pew: 

  • Obama won the young vote – 60% to 36%
  • Romney won the young white vote – 51% to 44%
  • Obama won the young Hispanic vote – 74% to 23%
  • Obama won the young black young – 91% to 8%
  • Romney won the young white male vote – 54% to 51%
  • Romney won the young white female vote – 49% to 48%
  • Obama won the young black male vote – 80% to 19%
  • Obama won the young black female vote – 99% to 1%.

The media loves to talk about the gender gap, but rarely discusses the racial gap, even though the racial gap is much larger.  And when the media does discuss the racial gap, it seems like the issue is usually framed about whether whites can bring themselves to vote for a minority, never the reverse.

Other conclusions from the Pew research: (a) the racial gap persists, but lessens, with young Americans, and (b) young black males are not nearly as enamored of President Obama as young black females obviously are.

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2 Comments »

  1. “[I]t seems like the issue is usually framed about whether whites can bring themselves to vote for a minority, never the reverse.”

    You really went there! Did you give the aforementioned statement any thought before making it? Did you consider all the things that it suggests?

    Why discuss the “reverse,” when blacks and other minorities have for decades voted primarily for non-minority candidates–Democrats and Republicans.

    In 1968 Nixon won 36% of the black vote. “86% of this group voted for Dukakis in the 1988 election, and 84% in the1996 election for Clinton. 90% voted for Gore in 2000.”

    “[Y]oung black males are not nearly as enamored of President Obama as young black females obviously are.”

    Your conclusion may not be as accurate as you might think at first blush. It depends largely to whom these black youth are listening. Many are told that a vote for Democrats allow the party to take blacks for granted, and that they should diversify their vote.

    Comment by Black Diaspora — December 11, 2012 @ 5:28 am | Reply

    • Kawn, obviously African-Americans have a tradition of voting for whites when that is the only choice. But what is the black record on voting for a white when there is even a quasi-serious African-American candidate? Remember Bill Clinton’s “Jesse Jackson” comment attempting to minimize Obama’s win in South Carolina?

      Comment by Mike Kueber — December 11, 2012 @ 6:40 pm | Reply


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