Hard to believe on the day after President Obama’s re-election that there was any doubt that young people would rally behind him again.
An estimated 22 million to 23 million people under 30 — or at least 49% — voted in the election, according to an analysis by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University. The percentage could be higher after all the votes are tallied.
People watch a video of President Barack Obama during a campaign rally at The Ohio State University earlier this year.
Turns out young voters made up a larger percentage of the total electorate (19%) this year than in 2008 (18%). Obama won 60% of voters under 30 compared to 37% for Mitt Romney, according to exit polls. That’s a drop from the 66% Obama won in 2008.
Put another way: If Romney won half the under 30 crowd — or if they didn’t vote at all — he would have won Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, CIRCLE’s analysis said.
Peter Levine, director of research organization, said this kind of high turnout among young voters makes them “an essential political bloc.”
“Right now, they form a key part of the Democrats’ national coalition,” he said. “Republicans must find a way to compete for their votes.”
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