Voter turnout in New Jersey and Virginia blasted past what these states saw four years ago
. With more votes to be counted
, meer as 2.5 million New Jersey voters cast a ballot this year compared to
2.1 miljoen in 2017
. In Virginia
, oor 3.3 million votes were cast
, in vergelyking met 2.6 miljoen in 2017.
As daar iets is, Trump not being president may have motivated more Republicans to come out and vote.
In Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin earned nearly 500,000 more votes than Ed Gillespie did four years ago. Ter vergelyking, Democrat Terry McAuliffe won nearly 200,000 votes more than Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam did in 2017.
When you break it down by county, turnout rose by about 32% in the counties Youngkin won. It was up half that (16%) in the counties McAuliffe took.
Likewise, in New Jersey, Demokratiese goewerneur. Phil Murphy has already earned many more votes this year than he did in 2017. The reason the race was tight was because Republican Jack Ciattarelli has over 300,000 more votes than Republican Kim Guadagno got in 2017.
The point here is that higher turnout doesn’t necessarily benefit only Democrats.
That’s something we saw in the
2020 verkiesing, ook. This was the election that had the highest percentage of the voter-eligible population come out
in oor 100 jare.
Using the Pew Research Center’s validated voter survey
, we can examine voters who decided to cast a ballot in
2020 after not voting in
2016. Spesifiek, we’ll look at all voters who were not in the youngest age category to ensure that they were of eligible age to vote in
Of those who voted in 2020 but not in 2016, Trump won those age 30 and older by 3 punte. This made this group slightly more Republican than the age 30 and older group who have a record of voting in both elections. Biden won those by 2 punte.
These results are within the margin of error of each other, but it is consistent with the idea that the new voters who could cast a ballot in both elections were not more Democratic than the electorate as a whole.
This shouldn’t be too surprising. The age 30 and older group that voted in both elections were 15 points more likely to have a college degree. Among Whites, hulle was 17 points more likely. Onderwys, natuurlik, is a key divide in politics today, especially among Whites. College-educated voters are far more likely to vote Democratic. This means that the infrequent voters are coming from the segment of the educational divide that is less friendly to Democrats.
Gaan vorentoe, it seems quite plausible that voter turnout is going to stay high
. Ons CNN/SSRS poll completed in early September showed that
48% of registered voters were extremely or very enthusiastic to vote in next year’s midterm elections
. That’s the highest percentage this early for any midterm since CNN started asking the question during the
The high percentage of enthusiastic voters was one of the first early tips that 2020 would have record turnout.
And perhaps in-line with everything so far, voters who said they were the most enthusiastic for 2022 were more likely to say they would be voting Republican than voting Democratic.
It’s possible that 2022, soos 2021, could be another election with record turnout where Republicans do well.