Sunday, November 13, 2016

Whatever New Voters Were Found Both Trump and Clinton Lost Old Voters

Turns out not only were more people fired up about Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2012, but more were fired up about Mitt Romney in 2012 than Donald Trump in 2016. This is not good considering the U.S. population ticks up 2 to 3 million people each year*.

Even when you add in third party candidates (as in the chart below) significantly fewer people cared to vote this year.

Not really a surprise with the two most disliked major party candidates since polling began. But, still sad that fewer and fewer people and a smaller percentage of the voting population think it worthwhile to vote.


MAX Redline said...

That right there tells you what a stinkeroo this election was! I thought Trump had essentially tied Romney for votes, but it appears that mittens squeaked ahead. Obama voters, however, stayed away from Pantsuit in droves; even in the states she won, Obama had pulled in more votes in both of his election wins.

I imagine a lot of people did the same thing I did: skip the presidential part of the ballot.

T. D. said...

Max, I was thinking of you when I wrote the post. You're one of the staunch voters who didn't vote for president this year. I voted, but my vote wasn't officially counted for any candidate (though it did count as a presidential vote) in Oregon. This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a renewal or mandate election. Just a shift in who holds power like most of the rest of the change in party elections.

MAX Redline said...

Aw, shucks...:-)

You're right; there is no mandate (although Democratics would have maintained that there was one, hat their candidate won).

T. D. said...

Yes, the Dems would have said it validated their agenda. But, the main thing it does is shows elections have consequences. Mandate or no the people in power are the only ones who can pull levers. And hope they aren't thrown out in the next election.