Sunday, November 12, 2006

Increase In Young Voters Has Democrats Excited About 2008

Two million more people under the age of 30 voted in the midterm elections than in 2002, according to an analysis by the University of Maryland's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Exit poll data from the elections suggested that the increase in youth turnout aided Democrats in capturing control of Congress. In House races, young people formed the most supportive age group, with 61 percent voting Democratic.

By comparison, the 18-to-29 age group voted Democratic 55 percent of the time in 2004, and roughly 50 percent of the time in 2002, according to exit polling at the time.

Democrats hope this is the latest sign of a new wave of Democratic voters. In 2004, young-voter turnout substantially increased, and the 18-to-29 age group strongly supported the presidential candidacy of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

The X factor, though, is whether more young people are voting -- and voting Democratic -- because they are reacting to the increasingly unpopular Iraq War, or whether there are other issues at play, such as the desire to see an increase in the minimum wage or less corporate-friendly federal environmental policies.

We may know more in 2008.

"We're very excited about this," Jane Fleming, executive director of the Young Democrats of America, told the Washington Post. Fleming suggested, however, that 2008 "will be the real test."

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh great, the same 18-29 year old ignorant fools who wear a Che shirt and have no idea what a piece of crap he was.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Wow, what an original line. Stolen right from Michael Savage's Friday performance.

When are you wingers going to start thinking for yourselves?

11:25 AM  
Anonymous SteppingRazor said...

But, but ... I thought young people were lazy and apathetic... and never voted!

Hopefully, after this midterm election result, I won't have to read posts slagging my entire generation anymore

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the flip side is that it's only 24% of young people actually voted.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Basically all of the troll anonymous posts can be re-written as "Get off my lawn."

11:42 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

rob of wilmington, del. said...
"Wow, what an original line. Stolen right from Michael Savage's Friday performance.

When are you wingers going to start thinking for yourselves?"


Shame on you, stereotyping people like that, rob. ;) Anyone who bothered to learn a little history understands what a ruthless, murdering piece of shit Che Guevara was.

Most conservatives are big readers, in case you didn't know, and we learn the facts from people who have actually lived through these events and know what they are talking about.

And young adults who sport the Che shirts because they think it's cool are just ignorant. They really have no idea of who Che Guevara really was. If they'd had loved ones murdered by him, they'd know better than to lionize this lowlife.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Most conservatives are big readers, in case you didn't know, and we learn the facts from people who have actually lived through these events and know what they are talking about.

Emphasis on the word "most." Rob's point was that anonymous is an idiot. All of your knowledge of vast subjects won't change that, trinity, because you're not anonymous.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

My two kids in the 18-29 age group voted this time for Democrats. In 2004, my son voted republican,but now he regrets it! But we are in Texas where our votes have no national consequence. The south is currently a strong repuke voting block. It may be a long time(unless a majority realize the repukes are never going to fight hard enough to really make abortions, gay marriage or gays illegal, otherwise the true repuke policies will be an open book) before the South votes for a Democrat or African-American President or U.S. Senator!

12:39 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

whoop4467 said...
"But we are in Texas where our votes have no national consequence. The south is currently a strong repuke voting block.


I have the reverse problem as a conservative living here in Pennsylvania. Maybe we should switch locations. ;) We still have people driving around here with Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers on their cars. lol

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

I have the reverse problem as a conservative living here in Pennsylvania.

PA. isn't a relentlessly blue state, in the way Texas is red. Rhode Island, Mass., and Vt. are more blue, as is Md. Pa. does have a sizeable conservative population. It does trend blue, though - it's like a bluish-purple, and it's gone blue in the last 4 Pres elections, I believe (dont remember whether GHWB carried the state, but I think he did.)

11:10 AM  

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