Sunday, November 7, 2010

Older = Wiser

I've been wondering for whom older citizens voted in the midterm elections. Here is an article from Politico which answers that question.

Author Byron Tau pulls together results from a variety of sources to conclude that seniors were large contributors to the anti-Democrat wave. Here is the money quote:
The shift in older voters was the most dramatic swing of any age group, George Mason political scientist Michael McDonald said, and it gave the GOP the “magnitude” of its victory.
Tau also indicates that seniors were a larger proportion of total voters in 2010 than in earlier elections. It has always been difficult to motivate young folks to make the effort to vote, more so in midterm elections, and even more so this year.