The 2012 Electorate Was Younger And Less Educated Than The 2010 Electorate


At the Washington Examiner, Conn Carol points out that if the 2012 election turnout had been more like the 2010 turnout Mitt Romney would have won:

If the same electorate that turned out to vote in 2010 had turned out to vote in 2012, then President Romney would be planning his inauguration as you read this column. But the electorate that showed up in 2012 was very different. It was much younger, much more diverse and significantly less educated.

Only 12 percent of the electorate were 18-29 in 2010, but they made up 19 percent of the electorate in 2012. And while whites made up 77 percent of the electorate in 2010, they made up just 72 percent of the electorate in 2012. The percentage of college-educated voters also fell, from 52 percent in 2010 to 47 percent in 2012.

So the electorate was younger, and had more black voters, than in 2010. That’s Obama’s mandate. So what do those votes want? More socialism, if a Pew Foundation study is to be believed:

The exit polls tell us they support Obama’s calls for higher taxes on the rich and a government that “should do more to solve problems.” But what else do they want? As the New York Times’ Thomas Edsall noted recently, both of these populations — the young and African-Americans — are far more supportive of socialism than the general population.

According to a December 2011 Pew Foundation study, while 60 percent of Americans view socialism negatively, a plurality of Americans ages 18 to 29 (49 percent to 43 percent) and a majority of African-Americans (55 percent to 36 percent) view socialism positively. Conversely, while a majority of Americans view capitalism positively (50 percent), again a plurality of Americans ages 18-29 (47 percent) and a majority of African-Americans (51 percent) view it negatively.

This is the battle line for conservatives.

There has been a lot of talk, since election day, about how conservatives better articulate their message. Some have said that it’s the “cool versus the uncool,” and that Democrats are winning because they’re cool.

There’s an element of truth in that, but I think it’s very confining to think of the problem in those terms. But going with it, I think what Democrats have succeeded at is making capitalism uncool. Profit is a dirty word. Big business is an inherently bad thing. “Fair” means equal outcomes, not equal opportunities.

To win, Republicans have to talk about the free market. They have to talk about opportunity, and how often government removes opportunity. Ron Paul, as misguided as he may have been in other areas, did a fantastic job of connecting with younger voters on issues of individual liberty and free markets.

That’s something for Republicans to emulate.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • RonPaulforpres

    “Ron Paul, as misguided as he may have been in other areas”

    Care to elaborate? Ron Paul is a great man, much greater than that useless waste of space, Romney.

    • Onslaught1066

      I believe the word you were looking for is… quitter.

    • anvilicious

      Sorry, pal, he may not be your ideal conservative candidate, but Mitt Romney is far from a waste of space, he has made a far greater difference in the lives of real people than your boy Ron Paul can ever hope to.

  • Harold

    From what I’ve seen the past years is that the young electorate many of them don’t like to work either and would rather live with mom and dad and mooch off of whoever they think will give them a handout and support their lifestyles of laziness. I’d say about half of this age group work and the other half mooch’s off the rest of us.

  • $8194357

    Hey lefty?

    Who’s the real Nazis?
    Republican conservitives or Democratic liberal facists.

    “SS leaders and Husseini both claimed that Nazism and Islam had common values as well as common enemies – above all, the Jews,” the report states.

  • flamemeister

    “younger and less educated” How about “more infantile and stupid.”

    • $8194357

      Two birds, one stone?

  • barry

    Conservatives stayed home, remember that RINOs, you need them more than they need you, we are smarter and wealthier than the nimrods running the country, the real problem is we have jobs so we are too busy to bother with you a holes

  • $8194357

    Educate ‘yourself’..

    Not “whatever” they choose to call it…
    how “hateful’ is that?

    ANY similarities to DC and the left wing agendas?

  • Hellboy

    For the last four plus years the Democrats have been capturing the hearts of the youths, much like Hitler did…. Anyone who has read some of the blogs or viewed the interviews of some of these “airheads” who have no idea what Politics are about but, go along with whatever is “cool,” realizes that your thoughtful and reasoning vote has been cancelled by someone whose only issue is “free birth control pills.” The kids either know little or don’t care about major issues. Why should they when they are financed by others??? National Debt? who cares…. Gas Prices???? no problem… Unemployment Rates??? no effect, yet….. and etc…

    I would suggest that one way to get past this idiotic voting activity would be to modify the 26th Amendment, which, it’s original intent was noble because of the argument of going to war but not being able to vote.

    Modify the 26th Amendment to allow the 18-21 year olds to vote only IF they have skin in the game…… namely, either own property OR presently serve or have served in the armed forces of the United States.

    This act by itself would nullify most of the “sheep” votes of the youth.

    • YesDak

      so owning property and serving in the military are the only ways one can have skin in the game? What a short-sighted view of the world.

      • Hellboy

        Can’t really think of any other ways an “empty-headed” 18 year old could qualify…… can you???? Life experiences and contributions to society go a long way towards maturity.

    • reggy

      How come the answer is always “less people should vote” instead of “we should get people to vote for us?” The Republican Party has good ideas on a lot of economic issues, and as someone who’s fairly young (under 30) I think they can appeal to youth. Their problem this year is they couldn’t get through a news cycle without an idiot marginalizing rape. This year’s election was incredibly winnable, but the party simply failed to capitalize. If Republicans want to be the party on the side of less people voting, they’ll get absolutely crushed.

      • Hellboy

        If that’s the case, where you just wanted “voters,” why not let 16 year olds, or how about 12 year olds vote. If the number of votes is what’s important then the effort could be made to channel these “wisened” individuals to the party with the most goodies…… So, Santa Claus would always win…… No thanks… I would rather have my vote cancelled out by someone who had a reasonable thought process in their makeup than some empty-headed social media star who thinks “looks” and “likeabillity” is more important than substance. Give the potential voter a chance to mature before making an important decision like voting. Vote for the good of the Country, not because of the goodies that can be distributed. Remember Jack Kennedy….. Ask not……

  • Anonymous

    The less educated also skewed heavily toward Republicans.

    • alanstorm

      The less indoctrinated, you mean. Years of education DNE greater intelligence – as should be painfully obvious by now. Barry O has allegedly been through a post-graduate course, and yet is dumb as a stump. Much like many of supporters.

    • $8194357

      What does Pravda/Puten know American MSM doesn’t?

      Nov 26, 2012 07:31 AM EST

      Russian newspaper Pravda is blaming President Obama’s re-election on an “illiterate society” who voted for him.

      (Wasn’t the Alinsky left saying conservitives were the benifierary of the “uniformed/ignorant voters”? 7.62)

      Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.

  • camsaure

    I think that the word “immature” should be sunstituted for “cool” and you will be closer to the answer. Thes were immature kids dumbed down by years of outcome based education and indoctrination. Then there is the Occupy Wall Street punks whom also acted very immature. This all matches up to Obama, Biden and Reid’s maturity levels. In other words these kids identified more with the Dems acting immature at present, which to them sadly was thought to be cool.

  • borborygmi

    If ifs where skifs the republicans and conservatives would be admirals of fleets.

    The real world exists and the Conservatives don’t want to admit it is out there. IF, if,if, if…..Here is one for you If, the (Conservative) Evangelicals would have voted for Mitt he might of won. According to our resident Evangelical, Neiman, he and others didn’t vote for MItt because Mitt was an Evil Non-Christian.IF, IF, IF, IF

    • $8194357

      Was that a burp or a fart gurgle?
      Smelled the same either way, huh…

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Nice spin, husky-boy, but the fact is that throughout history the elections 2yrs after the primary are always reflecting a different demographic. It’s usually the conservatives, who have a 24hr hard on for hatred and anger who show up at the polls to vent their anger and rage. It will be the same in 2014.

    You can sit here on your large patoot and insult Americans, but there is no denying that the 2010 demographic were represented by more Americans who were less informed on the issues, thanks to Fox News and stupid blogs like this one.

    There may reflect an older age, but when you have a bunch of fools like 7point and Nieman voting because of the conspiracy theory they believe in, it becomes less believable that the voting demographics include those who are “more educated”.


  • $8194357

    What does Pravda know American MSM doesn’t?

    Nov 26, 2012 07:31 AM EST

    Russian newspaper Pravda is blaming President Obama’s re-election on an “illiterate society” who voted for him.

    Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.

    After Obama was elected in his first term as president the then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2009. Ignored by the West as usual, Putin gave insightful and helpful advice to help the world economy and saying the world should avoid the Soviet mistake.

    Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war is with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way.

    The editorial even mention’s President Obama’s Fast and Furious scandal.

    Any normal individual understands that as true but liberalism is a psychosis . O’bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like “fast and furious” and there is still no sign of ending it. He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.
    Remember, this op-ed was written by someone who knows communism first hand. While I don’t agree Putin is an example of pure freedom, I can’t say I disagree with the editorial’s main points about giving into Obama’s cult of personality while ignoring his long list of failures and his collectivist, central control, big government political philosophy.

    Not like some of us haven’t been telling you folks all about this for awhile, huh…
    Maybe you would belive it if Puten tells ya the same thing?
    Maybe from the White House next time?

  • $8194357


    Revisionism is what the world takes as TRUTH..
    Palistine like all of Satans agendas are based on a LIE..
    Go figure huh..

    When His foot touches down again
    in Jeruselum in ‘like manor” that He left.
    The Messiah revealed by the Spirit of Truth……

    John 3:27-36

    27 John answered and said,
    “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.

    28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’
    29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
    30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
    31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.
    32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.
    33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true.
    34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
    35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
    36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

    Ya know, Samaria that they “now called Palistine”
    The tail called the fifth leg and all..Revisionist lies as truth the
    world believes..This has been the method operandi of the
    father of all false ideological deceptions/lies since he first got
    useful know it all know nothing idiots to do his bidding here on earth.

    A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah

    26…I who speak to you am He.
    John 4 :1-26
    when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
    2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
    3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
    4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
    5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
    6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
    7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
    8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
    9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
    10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
    11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
    12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
    13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
    14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
    15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
    16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
    17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
    Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
    18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
    19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
    20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
    21 Jesus said to her,
    “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
    22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
    23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
    24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
    25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
    26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

  • $8194357

    Tell Puten I will have more flexability after the election……..

    Pravda has been telling their readers for years…

    Quote Pravda:

    American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper

    It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

    True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

    Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

    First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a Burger King burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.

    Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

    The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Weimar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

    These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, losses, and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

    These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties, and powers of the American congress (parliament). Again, congress has put up little more than a whimper to their masters.

    Then came Barack Obama’s command that GM’s (General Motors) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of “pure” free markets, the American president now has the power, the self-given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions.

    So it should be no surprise that the American president has followed this up with a “bold” move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, and so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

    Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper…but a “free man” whimper.

    So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set “fair” maximum salaries, evaluate performance, and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses? Senator Barney Frank, a social pervert basking in his homosexuality (of course, amongst the modern, enlightened American societal norm, as well as that of the general West, homosexuality is not only not a looked down upon life choice, but is often praised as a virtue) and his Marxist enlightenment, has led this effort. He stresses that this only affects companies that receive government monies, but it is retroactive and taken to a logical extreme, this would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive.

    The Russian owners of American companies and industries should look thoughtfully at this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the Red as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still value left.

    The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest, and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.

  • $8194357

    Americans have no memory because they are fed on suger coated revisionist lies..
    How long has DC been under international control? Did you say 1913?

  • $8194357

    Bill Ayers teachers college curriculum “revisionism”
    taken on the left as secular ‘gospel’ (truth).

    No…do tell…UNESCO, perhaps?