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SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Us Young Folk: Fact vs. Fiction

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In 2008 those aged 18-24 represented 10% of the voting electorate. Yesterday, that same age group represented 11% of the total voting electorate. 

In 2008 those aged 25 to 29 represented 8% of the electorate, and yesterday that same percentage held true. 

Both groups broke with 60% in favor of Obama in 2012, and broke just slightly heavier for Obama four years ago.  


What does this mean?

Both parties and pundits on all sides of the aisle argued that the enthusiasm demonstrated amongst the youngest voters for Obama in 2008 would not be duplicated this time around. Well, that was false. Just as it is a false statement to say that young voters came out to vote for Obama in 2008 at higher turnout rates than they had in previous elections. False again. The young voters (both 18-24, and 24-29) have historically represented the lowest turnout age group and 2008 and 2012 were no exception to that. 


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