Vote America: Statistics
Hats off to Silver Sagers who according to a recent Pew poll (see below), 52% of our current voters are age 50 and older. That represents an increase of 27% since 1996. Surprisingly, less than 30% of American registered voters identify as Republicans, and approximately 33% identify as blue, with the remainder 34% voting as independents. However, it should be noted, that most independents lean blue or red, which we suppose could make them purple.
Over the past two and a half decades, party identification has not shifted dramatically. Although the Republican party has decreased a tad, neither identification demonstrates a true vote for either party as many voters cast their ballots for the most qualified candidate as they determine in their minds. What would happen in the United States if party (blue, red and independent) were eliminated and instead, the American people voted for the candidate a) most qualified and b) which represented their ideals most closely? What a concept. Perhaps our nation would not be so divided.
More people of color are registered Democrats (40%), and less than 20% of registered Republican people of color account for registered voters. White voters accounted for more than 65% of eligible voters in 2018 and 69% in 2019.
65% of voters do not have a college degree which is an increase from 24% in 1996. Jews, Muslims and other religions are outnumbered as more than 60% of registered voters are Christians.
Whether you are chocolate or vanilla; female, male, or transgendered; Catholic or Jewish, old or young, Harvard educated or street smart – simply vote. Vote to exercise your right to the democratic process and vote the person you feel is the best candidate to lead our country.
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