Exit Polls Show Voter Turnout Down In Certain Demographics


CBS News is reporting that the youth vote--18-29-year-olds--that was so critical to President Obama's election made up only nine percent of voters in 2010, down from 19 percent in 2008. Fifty-eight percent of the youth vote favors the Democrats.

Despite an intense campaign push in the waning weeks before the elections, early exit polls indicate Democrats did not have a good turn-out: 39 percent of voters voted Democrat, while 56 voted Republican. Independents made up 28 percent of voters in the early exit polls.

Black voter turnout was also down in 2010, with 10 percent of blacks voting compared to 13 percent in 2008. Eight percent of voters were Hispanic, with 66 voting Democrat.

Among women, votes were split evenly: 49 percent voted Democrat, with 48 percent voting Republican. In 2008, women voted largely Democratic; the 2010 numbers are more in line with the 2002 midterm numbers, where women were split 49-49 between the two parties. More men voted Republican than Democrat--55 percent of men voted for Republicans while 43 percent voted Democrat.

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  • by Liz Location: Minneapolis on Nov 4, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Take a look at the gender gap statistics at the Center for Women and Politics and you will see an entirely different story - a still strong gender gap - than what is mentioned here. Women still vote heavily Democratic and men for Republicans. And this trend was also evident when there were women Republican candidates.
  • by B. Location: Charlotte on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    YES, this article is very unclear as it says 10% of blacks and it does not break it down to whether it was 10% of eligible blacks or 10% of everyone. It also said that only 13% of blacks voted in 2008 with Obama and that makes me believe that that number talks about the relationships blacks had with the all ethnic groups together. I am quite sure more than 13% of blacks voted and that 13% points to a 13% of the all votes taken by all rates
  • by speaktruth Location: Md on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    This poll is comparing apples to oranges. The numbers should compare the 2010 midterms turnout to 2006 and not against the 2008 Presidential elections. Your numbers are skewed. Would appreciate if you provided those numbers for a true look at voter turnout.
  • by Cedric Location: Cleveland on Nov 3, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    This article is unclear. Did 10% of blacks vote or were 10% of the voters black. Very ambiguous.
  • by nowai Location: csp on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    Out robbing dispensaries before the elpaso ban?
  • by Bob_Realist Location: Carson on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    The Felony conviction clause ignored a few years ago has come back to rear its ugly head. Because there were so many people watching, the rules had to be followed. I volunteered and the voters were there but many were ineligible. NO I.D.? No vote. Plain and simple.
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