Various Demographics and Their Voting Tendencies

As our class transitioned recently into touching on voting/voting theory, one thing really intrigued me about the voting process: how do different demographics present themselves in voting results? Particularly, I wanted to look at age and race, and how these demographics lead to different voting tendencies.

In the presidential election of 2016, a prominent division between demographic and voting turnout was that of age:  people between 18-29 years of age voted in a 55% majority for Hillary Clinton, and 50% of people between 30-44 years of age voted for Clinton. These were to only 37% and 42% Trump vote turnout respectively. On the opposite end, people above the age of 45 possessed a 53% voting majority in favor of Trump. In this election more than many others, age was a large dividing factor: the younger generation tended to vote in favor of Clinton, while older people tended to vote Trump.

However, race presented an even larger division between voters — among white people, there was only a 37% turnout for Clinton. Compare this to African-American voters, who turned out in a massive 88% majority vote for Clinton, or Latino-Americans, who came out in 65% majority for Clinton.

The election of 2016 was one that tested the boundaries of racial and age-based divisions in America, and it was interesting to read the statistics and see exactly where these divisions lie. I’m excited to learn more about voting theory to understand more about these demographics and their voting tendencies.

The attached image is a theoretical map to see what the election would have looked like if only women voted. Interesting stuff.

Photo Source: FiveThirtyEight Poll

One Reply to “Various Demographics and Their Voting Tendencies”

  1. As a fellow for Secretary Clinton’s campaign from 2015-2016 I saw these statistics after the general election and it was not surprising to me at all that a majority people of color and young people would vote for Hillary. These patterns appear in many elections in recent history whether it is local or nationwide. African American women seem to be the strongest base for the democratic party.

    To me it is very interesting and also telling to see how marginalized and minority groups vote largely for candidates who are democrats while people of more privileged statuses racially and economically vote republican. I see it as a reflection of which party looks out for which group. Obviously there are many other factors that play a role and that is why we do not see a group voting 100% either way. However, the majority does give us insight to what issues are most important to different groups.

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