Youth vote decided 2012 presidential election

While President Obama won the youth vote as a whole, and therefore the entire election, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney actually captured one section of the youth vote: non-Hispanic whites.

The Pew Research Center for People and the Press released a new youth vote study on Monday, revealing that President Obama won the election thanks mostly to the youth vote, and specifically to his overwhelming margins of victory with black and Hispanic youth.

Obama captured 60 percent of 18-29-year-olds, down from 66 percent during the 2008 election. But Romney, who captured only 36 percent of the 18-29 demographic, won 50 percent of the 30+ voters, compared to Obama’s 48 percent. In 2008, Obama captured 50 percent of the 30+ crowd, compared to Sen. John McCain’s 49 percent.

Not all hope is lost for the GOP, however. Despite the fact that Obama won the white youth vote in 2008, he lost it during his 2012 reelection campaign. Obama also lost ground in male and independent youth voters, but still won the majority in Hispanic and black youth votes, with 74 and 91 percent respectively.

But since youth voters turned out more this year than in 2008, their voices had a larger impact on the election outcome. Swing states Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania were won by Obama thanks to the youth vote. He captured a majority of the youth vote in each state, but fewer than half of the 30+ voters.

And while the GOP still hangs on to the white youth vote, a larger portion of the youth vote consisted of non-white individuals in 2012 than in 2008. Plus, the Hispanic electorate set to double by 2030. The GOP had a failed youth game plan in 2012, but they can’t make the same mistake in 2016.

It’s time for Republicans to get a grip, get on Facebook and get hold of young people’s attention.



  1. Jonathon says:

    This is an outrage and I know that the GOP convention snuffed Ron Paul out.. The voting system is an illusion of choice. Puppet on the right or the puppet on the left. The media was never set out to warn us from the dangers of the world, no they want us to embrace them and live with them, and for them to make us passive observers! THis is total lies and deciet here people. start making gas from water start thinking. start spending your money on the right thigns like perpetual energy systems to make the electric companoes pay us small low in come people. Theres no way to have the government fund us with grants for those types of inventions because it will dematerialize their fat fuckin bank account streams fat fuckin americans with their fat american dollar. Furrows of worry .. is this real? No its just a ride. but you know what start investing our money NOW on hybrid fuel cells from and the atmospheric water generators and implementing them into a PERPETUAL ENERGY SYSTEM then the economy will change and the money will be saved in our pockets rather than to give to the gas company, or make us fight for oil in places we DO NOT NEED TO BE KILLING OUR OWN SOLDIERS! (INFOWARS.COM) which is a mAJORITY of americans income. its a no brainer takes little time. take a look at least i get paid for the clicks. thanks for reading my post

  2. Mike says:

    I think Romney lost due to Union States VS. Right to work States.

  3. beeggs3 says:

    When 93% of a population segment ( blacks and African Americans) vote for anyone, it’s obviously more than the youth in that population voted for that personn. Bllacks voted for a perceived black man. Mr. Obama, is actual multi-racial in heritage. He was raised by his white mother and grandmother after his black father, abandoned the family