Skip to comments.Youth vote may have been key in Obama's win
Posted on 11/04/2008 10:39:03 PM PST by rabscuttle385
Early reports are indicating that the youngest members of the country's electorate voted Tuesday in higher numbers than in the last presidential election and they voted more Democratic. Youth turnout appears to be exceeding 2004 levels, which was itself a year with a big surge in voters ages 18 to 29.
We expected record turnout, and that is what were seeing right now, says Heather Smith, a spokeswoman for Rock the Vote, an organization that works to encourage young people to register and vote in every election.
Whats more, young voters may prove to have been the key to Barack Obama's victory. Young voters preferred Obama over John McCain by 68 to 30 percent the highest share of the youth vote obtained by any candidate since exit polls began reporting results by age in 1976, according to CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization which promotes research on the political engagement of Americans between ages 15 and 25.
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The GOPers stayed home.
Well, the Republicans ran a freaking DINOSAUR!
The youth voted the way they have been EDUCATED to vote.
Why wouldn’t they like him he was promising free stuff. Everyone likes free stuff don’t they?
Fact is the Dems have expanded their base. They have the blacks, the youth and now the hispanics.
Yep...they fell for the media crap.
It was nice pinging back and forth with you throughout the whole ordeal though. Hope you keep me on the list. :)
What is ironic about this is that THEY are the ones who will pay in the long run for everything their Wonder boy is about to do to this country. It’s called shooting yourself in the foot.
same here. I hope we survive.
They say this EVERY year election year, and when it’s all said and done and the numbers come in, it’s not true.
Youth vote will be up slightly, but this race was not won by college kids..get real.
Let them eat pie.
Mac did everything he could to alienate the youth vote with the exception to scream at them to keep off his lawn.
So the gimme generation put us in this mess. Figures!
Young White females in particular. The Hiphop has a little something to do with his popularity among youth.
Of course, running a 200 year old man didn’t help. Romney would have scored more votes among the youth.
I’m not a big Romney fan, but he would have at least looked like Obama’s equal in terms of appearance. Looks are important in politics, that’s reality.
All isn’t lost yet. We’re gonna take some hits for sure, but hopefully we can weather the storm and come out stronger.
I think should shouldn’t be able to vote unless you either pay taxes or are in the military.
The youth vote is crap. Most of those people have no idea what they are really voting for. They are being influenced(manipulated) by the media and pop-culture in general.
Parents, I can’t say it often enough: GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS!
—former public school teacher and parent
Ah, it’s easy to bash the loser.
Fox said the percent of young voters went from 17% to 18%. They rose slightly more than the voter rolls overall.
This election was won because some GOP voters crossed over, some didn’t vote, and many GOP voters from 2004 are either IND or DEM now. We have lost a lot of ground.
I have NEVER liked McCain, but I stopped bashing him when he got the nomination.
The election is over.
The Democrats really need to push the voting age down to 5. The base of politically brainless would expand their base even more.
sadly the youth will pay the highest price of all—poor job market due to poor economy, national debt that will choke the nation going forward, eroding moral base for their children. Basically, they bought ocean front property in Kansas—as the say a sucker born every minute. Sad, Very sad!
The GOP has to somehow succeed in reaching out to minorities or else we are screwed. It is so frustrating since blacks and Hispanics are acutually socially conservative on issues like gay marriage or abortion.
I don't know what it will take to win them over.
The college students I am exposed to wanted someone “smart” running the country. Never determined if they had any other reasoning.
Yes, AYERS —— that Communist who lives in Obama’s neighborhood......and was a ghost writer for Obama’s books....
The Nation's Teacher's Unions in large measure OWN the Obama Albatross hanging around the nation's neck.....
Forget the blacks.
Focus on the Hispanics, especially those coming from socialist countries...they are OUR voters we just have to reach out to them.
I also think that we need to stop chiding GOPers who speak to largely Hispanic audiences.
I can proudly say, my son, voting for the first time today, voted the way I educated him to vote (homeschooled and so very proud of him).
Needless to say, he is heartbroken tonight. For so very many reasons.
I think you should add some people voting for one of their own instead of their morals, ideals. When I saw many young black people on Fox today so proud they had voted for the man that is so aggressively for destroying their unborn children, that had to be the only explanation.
NO! The fact is that since the beginning of the primaries, the MSM ran the campaign. CUT AND DRY!
They purposefully wasted resources on non-stories while at the same time completely ignoring or dismissing important stories of Obama’s true agenda, associates, and background starting with what he did in Columbia and Harvard and how and by whom that was even funded.
And, pray tell - what possible evidence of "smart" did they have????
He froze access to all his school records.
He is suspected of having a ghost writer for his book -- Ayers..
He hasn't proposed a single piece of significant legislation his entire time in public "service"..
The Chicago neighborhood he "organized" is still a ghetto slum and crime ridden mess..
He wasn't smart enough to realize after 20 years, that his pastor was a black racist, Communist and probably a closet Muslim..
He wasn't smart enough to discover his friend Ayers was NOT reformed - and even stated so repeatedly while Obama knew him..
He hasn't explained why he refused to make public his medical, CAMPAIGN DONATION RECORDS FOR ALL DONORS or birth records.
Cunning and Corrupt is NOT "smart"....it's clever....but not intelligent...
There IS a difference.
Well, the youth vote may not have been much higher than in ‘04 - probably because they couldn’t wait in line once their iPod batteries ran out - the GenYers are used to being taken care of and told they are the greatest thing under the sun and so much smarter than the grown ups - this plays right into the liberals’ hands. I was born in the early 70s and remember not always getting my way and being taught that nothing in life is free. It makes sense that Obama is the choice for a generation of serfs.
I wonder how they’ll feel in a year or two when they’re all unemployed?
Not surprising. Individuals without much responsibility, little to no experience in the private sector, little to no experience having to support themselves, and susceptible to peer pressure and the influence of the usual cast of left-wing professors who are also without much responsibility and experience in the private sector. When life consists of a subsidized existence in which you are free to screw around every day, then yeah, the hope and change candidate probably sounds pretty good.
I still believe we should amend the Constitution such that if you did not pay federal income taxes last year, you are not eligible to vote. Yeah, I know the million reasons that would never come to pass, but it’s clear that our nation’s future is increasingly being shaped by a large group of people who are not subject to reality and who do not have to pay for the results of their electoral decisions.
Of course, perhaps some day some of them will actually have to take care of themselves. If the Messiah gets his way and their upper middle class parents end up getting soaked by Uncle Sam, then perhaps these kids will find out sooner rather than later. Then again, a lot of their parents are also lining up with their hat in hand looking for the government to give them shit.
I think we as a nation need to rethink the extended childhood many of our nation’s young enjoy.
Well if the MSM was the cause of this mess then we deserved to win. We’ve known that they have been in the tank for the libtars for over 20 years...
We should stop giving the media outlets ANY credit, stop acting shocked by their moves, just refer to them as the wing of the Democrat party they are.
B. A spectacularly dickless Justice Department
C. A stupendously complicit media
And we should call them the dumb welfare kings and queens they are. They’ve managed to paint the GOP as out of touch, stupid and uber rich...we should do the same.
The reason Hussein is tyrant extraordinaire is because of massive voter fraud, not because the youth voted.
I thoughtthe same thing in Virginia when the New Yorkers and Jersites started flocking into te state. I figured they wanted to get out of their cesspools and enjoy a better life for their families. As it tured out, what they really wanted was cheap real estate and to turn Virginia into another cesspool like Jersey.
My guess is that the influx of Hispanics, by and large, are coming into this country for the same reasons. They figure our government will take care of their welfare needs better than their own government does. Scialism is what they are seeking,..they see it only as trading up.
well then if thats the case then we may as well give up on them all and since we’re losing voters and have no interest in getting any minority on our side we should call it a wrap. conservatism is dead in the last place it had a chance.
The problem is that while those hispanics are socially conservative (see the bans on gay marriage, for example), they’re pretty economically liberal. Obama’s spread the wealth message was very appealing to them. I’m not sure how much we can really reach out to them without losing the business vote. That’s the hard part.
I doubt that. Fraud certainly occurred - but there has been insufficient evidence to date to believe it made a difference. And of the "yoots" I've observed here in Kalifornicate -- they are more than 50% suspect of being incapable of intelligent or rational thought.
Decades of Public Schools/Universities under the control of "Progressives, Leftist, Communists" played a major role.
A Media that has become an advocate rather than the unbiased collector of information and truth - was a real factor.
Then the fact that folks have been granted the privilege to vote who have not EARNED that privilege.
Folks are voting who are incapable or unwilling to be productive members of society -- LEACHES....THUGS....and various and sundry POS....
No, it wasn’t the youth vote. It was the criminal activity of voting a hundred times by one person or more.
I can guarantee you not a single college kid who voted for O considered a single point you bring up.
It is all about perception... and it is perceived, um, ah, well, let me explain it this way, that O is smart.
I think our loss has more to do with independents, young people, and the welfare gang falling in love with Obama’s class warfare speak during rough economic times. That message can be very appealing if one doesn’t understand economics. Stupid idiot voters. Grrr.
I completely agree with most of your statements. I’ll also add that the illegals voted as well.
Yes, just as there is insufficient evidence that Hussein isn’t an American(?) Or insufficient evidence involving Hussein’s education, relationships with Communists, terrorists, and Socialists(?)
As I said, Hussein was not elected.
And of course, let’s not forget that they (the media) gave us exactly the candidate that Obama could beat. Imagine someone like Guiliani or Thompson in one of those debates.
Agreed, this election was stolen. Now we have to collect the evidence, and get it out, somehow.