With the 2012 Presidential election over, Mr Obama is settling back into the White House with his family by his side. The differences between the electorate, when it comes to the Republicans and the Democrats, are usually fairly obvious, however it is always fascinating to see which groups of people voted for which candidate.
When it came to who women voted for in the US elections, Obama was the clear winner with 55% to Romney’s 44%. However it was Romney who charmed the majority of male voters with 52% to Obama’s 45%. It is worth noting that in total, women made up 53% of total voters with just 47% being men.
Obama secured the votes of 60% of young voters (aged 18 – 29) and also won the confidence of 52% of middle aged voters (aged 30 – 44). 52% of elder middle aged voters (aged 45 – 59) gave their vote to Romney and 54% of voters above the age of 60 also gave their vote to the Republican.
The statistics in relation to the race of the electorate are quite interesting. Although black voters only make up 13% of voters, Obama secured 93% of their votes and 73% of the 3% of the population who are Asian voters. Hispanics make up a further 10% of the voters and a massive 71% voted for President Obama to remain in the White House. The Asian and Hispanic population were largely the subject of election translation efforts, a move that seems to have paid off for the democrat. Providing ballot material in multiple languages is obviously something that secures votes and is something that Romney perhaps could have done a bit more of. White people make up 72% of voters and Romney took the majority of these votes with 59% in his favour.
It seems the lifestyle of voter was also a huge influence in how they voted, with gay people, unmarried people, single parents and families with young children selecting Obama whilst married people largely voted for Romney. It is also very interesting to observe that many people who voted for Obama said their financial situation is the same or better than it was four years ago; when it comes to those people who have a worse financial situation now, it seems they voted for the Republican candidate.
It would appear that those who make up the future of the US, as opposed to the ageing, white middle class, voted to see President Barack Obama take their country into the future.
Source: Business Insider