Wednesday, November 5, 2008

More young people voted than in any election since 1972

Someone on PBS last night said that that youth vote wasn't that big or that different from before...  I don't think so.

November 5, 2008, 6:22 pm
Youth Turnout Up By 2 Million From 2004
New York Times Political Blog
By Michael Falcone

They were the initial cheerleaders of Barack Obama’s candidacy who stuck with him on the long slog to Nov. 4. And on Election Day, young people voted overwhelmingly to send him to the White House while exceeding their 2004 turnout levels by at least 2.2 million, according to researchers who track the voting habits of youth.

Between 21.6 and 23.9 million Americans in the age group from 18 to 29 years cast a ballot, up from about 19.4 million in 2004, numbers-crunchers at the Center for Information and Research of Civic Learning and Engagement, or Circle, announced on Wednesday.

Based on those figures, more young people went to the polls this year than they did in any election since 1972 when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18, the researchers said. And 66 percent of them supported Mr. Obama, while 31 percent favored Senator John McCain...

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