- By 2015 the Millennial generation (you!) will account for one third of the electorate.
- 50% of eligible young voters (ages 18-29) cast a vote in 2012, amounting to 23 million votes.
- 19% of all votes cast in 2012 came from young voters.
- The majority of young voters supported President Obama over the Republican candidate in both 2008 and 2012 elections.
- Less young voters supported President Obama in 2012 than in 2008. In 2008 Obama won 66% of the youth vote (John McCain won 32%) and in 2012 he won 60% (Mitt Romney won 36%).
- In 2012 the youth vote was the deciding factor for many battleground states. It was the youth vote that won Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania for President Obama. Had Mitt Romney won those states, he would have won the entire election!
- Young voters were more likely to vote in 2012 if they lived in a battleground state (a state that does not consistently lean Democratic or Republican--the winning party is a toss up). 58% of young voters cast a vote if they lived in one of these states.
- In 2012, 4% more young women voted than young men.
- Young voters are more likely to support issues such as legalizing gay marriage, supporting a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, and legal abortion than other age demographics.
- 39% of young voters identify as non-white, making them the most diverse voting generation in history.
- If a young person was a college student, they were more likely to vote in 2012. 66% of college students voted, versus only 35% of non-college students.
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Sources: Rock The Vote, Civic Youth, Young Democrats of America, College Stats