Good things happen when the grown ups vote

Faith in Public Life points out that more people over 45 and less people under 30 voted in last Tuesday’s election:

Faith in Public Life crunched some exit poll numbers last night and asked experts on the intersection of faith and politics to provide some commentary. First, the numbers.

Eighty-seven percent of voters said they were worried about the economy, and 62% said the economy is the most important issue facing the country. Exit polling, however, debunks the narrative being perpetuated by some partisans that the election was a mandate to implement a Republican agenda. It’s hard to make that case when forty-three percent of voters polled had a favorable view of the Democratic party, compared to 42% who had a favorable view of the Republican party. In many ways, the results last night can be read as a desperate cry from a weary electorate hungry for more bipartisan cooperation to lift the nation out of our economic crisis. Voters in 2010 were noticeably older and more politically conservative than the 2008 electorate. In 2008, 18% of voters were under 30; this year 11% were under 30. In 2008, 53% of voters were 45 or older; this year 67% were 45 or older. A significant flip was evident among Catholic voters. In this election, 54% percent of Catholics supported Republican House candidates, compared to 42 percent in 2008 and 44 percent in 2006. In 2008, 54% of Catholic voters voted for President Obama. The Senate race in Pennsylvania was an outlier, as Catholics nearly evenly split on support for Democratic candidate Joe Sestak and Republican candidate (and winner) Pat Toomey (51% breaking for Toomey and 49% for Sestak).

4 Replies to “Good things happen when the grown ups vote”

  1. For an educated man, Mr. Shallitt, you sure don’t seem to pay attention much! Old, white guys like me aren’t the new faces coming in next January…

    In the governors’ races: Republican Nikki Haley became the first woman ever elected to statewide office in South Carolina from either party, and the first Indian-American to become governor-elect of that state. Susana Martinez became the nation’s first female Hispanic governor from either party, and GOP winner Brian Sandoval became Nevada’s first Hispanic governor ever.

    In the House: Allen West beat a two-term Democrat to become the first African-American Republican elected in Florida since a freed slave served two terms in the 1870s. Tim Scott of South Carolina defeated Strom Thurmond’s son to become the first African-American elected from either party in that state since Reconstruction. In Texas, Bill Flores defeated Democratic 20-year incumbent Chet Edwards, Francisco Canseco defeated Democrat Ciro Rodriguez, and Jaime Herrera became the first Latino ever elected to Congress from Washington state.

    In the Senate: Cuban-American Republican Marco Rubio dealt a crushing defeat to independent candidate Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek. [See which industries donate to Meek.]

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