How the youth voted in US midterm elections: Circle website
The US Circle website talks about the percentage of youth voting in the US midterm elections and indicates that this group favors Democrats by 28-point margin.
"While the votes are still being counted across the country and control of the U.S. House and Senate remain undecided, it’s clear that young people had a major impact on the 2022 midterms," the US Circle website reported.
The website mentioned that youth prefer Democrats by a 28-point margin and "the national youth vote choice for the U.S. House of Representatives was 63% for Democrats, 35% for Republicans."
These numbers almost match those of the year 2020, according to the website, "when youth preferred Democrats to Republicans by 62% to 36%, and a small shift in favor of Republicans from the previous midterm: in 2018, the youth vote between Democrats and Republicans was 67% to 32%."
According to this exit poll data, the website noted that "youth ages 18-29 are the only age group in which a strong majority supported Democrats," while those aged "30-44 split their votes nearly evenly 51%-47% between Democrats and Republicans," and "older voters favored the GOP."
The website added that 12% is the youth share of all votes cast.
Strongest support for Democrats come from Black, Latino
According to the website, young people of color, Black and Asian in particular, have given Democrats extraordinary support in recent years, while "white youth’s vote choice has been more evenly split."
"Data for young people of other races/ethnicities is not available," the website added.
"89% of Black youth and 68% of Latino youth voted for a Democratic House candidate. Among white youth, the vote was 58% for Democrats and 40% for Republicans."
Young voters, state by state
Youth participation and party preference also differ by state. Based on data from states where exit polls were conducted, the website presented details on the youth vote choice and youth share of the vote in key electoral battlegrounds.
In the Pennsylvania Senate race, where Democrat John Fetterman won by a 1% margin, "youth ages 18-29 preferred Fetterman 70% to 28%, compared to 55% to 42% among voters ages 30-44, with voters over 45 preferring Republican candidate Dr. Oz," the website added.
In Wisconsin, where the race was ranked as the #1 and the youth vote could have a significant influence on the results, "Democratic Governor Tony Evers won reelection by a slim margin, 51% to 48%."
Evers had extraordinary support from the youth: 70% vs. 48% for Republican challenger Tim Michels. Voters aged between 30 and 44 preferred Evers too, by a slimmer 55% to 44% margin. As for voters over 45, they supported the GOP candidate.
In the Georgia Senate race, where a runoff election may be required to settle the race, the website noted that "youth backed Democratic incumbent Senator Warnock 63% to 36%. Voters ages 30-44 backed Warnock 56% to 41%, while voters over 45 gave a majority of their votes to GOP challenger Herschel Walker."
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