Low Voter Turnout Isn’t What Destroyed Hillary

Hillary Clinton won a lot more more votes than Donald Trump, almost three million, but low turnout in key states wasn't what defeated her. A lot more people voted in 2016 than in 2012, about seven million more to be precise, or five percent more. Only in Pennsylvania was turnout lower than in 2012, among... Continue Reading →


Profile of the American Voter

Update: this turned out to be off-base. Trump won college-educated white voters, especially men. Turnout was not necessarily a crucial factor, as more people voted than in 2012, except in Pennsylvania and possibly Wisconsin. The "up-for-grabs" educated white voters who usually voted Republican stayed loyal to the party.  Blame Trump's Victory on College-Educated Whites, Not the... Continue Reading →

Poor People Don’t Vote

Politico points to a disturbing pattern in American politics: It so happens that the gap between voters and non-voters breaks down strongly along class lines. In the 2012 election, 80.2 percent of those making more than $150,000 voted, while only 46.9 percent of those making less than $10,000 voted. This “class bias,” is so strong... Continue Reading →

2008 Voter Turnout Didn’t Break 1960 Record, Bloomberg Reports, But Discounts How Voters Were Routinely Disenfranchised and Discouraged in 1960

Obama Won Without Surge in Voter Turnout Experts Had Predicted: "About 130 million Americans voted, up from 122 million in 2004. But with a little more than 61 percent of eligible voters casting ballots, the 2008 results didn’t match the record 63.8 percent turnout rate that helped propel President John F. Kennedy to victory in... Continue Reading →

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