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The Demographics of Voters in America's 2008 General Election

The Demographics of Voters in America's 2008 General Election: A Preliminary Assessment provides an analysis of demographic shifts that took place in the 2008 general election compared to the 2004 general election. While analysis to date has largely commented on the relatively unremarkable increase in the overall number of votes cast, the data presented in this report suggest that the voting population on Election Day was significantly different—if not significantly larger—than in the last presidential election.

Americans of color in 2008 increased by 21 percent from 2004, based on a review of exit polling and preliminary administrative data. Votes cast by Americans ages 18-29 increased by 9 percent. Votes cast by whites in 2008 declined slightly compared to 2004.

Overall, the available data indicate that the composition of the 2008 voting population was markedly different from 2004, even though the overall numbers of voters who cast ballots did not increase significantly.

This report presents and interprets election data from the US as a whole, as well as from seven battleground states: Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Download the full report: The Demographics of Voters in America's 2008 General Election: A Preliminary Assessment. Jody Herman and Lorraine Minnite. November 2008.

 

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