Thursday, November 13, 2008
What Happened To The Kids?
Turns out lots of college kids were all talk and no action when it came time to cough up a vote for Barack Obama. It's an amazing let down. They attended free concerts. They registered in huge numbers. They stuffed mailers and knocked on doors but when the election came and went, turns out most of those under 30 were no shows. The predicted record-breaking tour de force of young voters remains as illusive in this presidential election as in previous years. 18% of the vote last Tuesday were those under 30. In 2000 and 2004, 17% showed up. Big deal. However, for those who did show up, they did deliver for Obama as he racked up an impressive 66%-31% win20over the old solider. That was the largest spread since 1972 when college kids, facing the prospects of sloshing into the jungles of Viet Nam, rallied for George McGovern who lost to Tricky Dick. While the pundits sift the data on why the younger generation found something else to do rather than vote, Obama demonstrated his strength with other groups as well. Women picked him over John McCain 56% to 43% while Obama spilt the male vote almost down the middle. And maybe you noticed that "change" was an issue in the race for the White House. For voters who listed that as their top issue, Obama won a whopping 89% of those folks. And there were three places in Michigan that should have gone to McCain but didn't. Are you ready for this: Oakland County, Kent County albeit by a razor thin margin and Macomb County where Reagan democrats apparently abandoned the GOP.