Chart: Older Midterm Voters Swept Republicans Into Power
According to exist polls by NBC News, millennials tend to stay at home during midterm elections and vote mainly during Presidential elections.
It was the older voters that swept Republicans into power last night.
In Tuesday’s midterm elections, 37% of voters were over the age of 60 but only 12% were under 30 years old. This 25 point difference is larger than the 16 to 20 point age gap seen in the last three midterms, according to NBC.
The age-disparity in yesterday’s election is nearly as wide as it was in 2010.
Non-white voters, who lean Democratic on the whole, are another group that usually makes up a smaller share of the midterm electorate than they do in presidential years. The numbers for that group are still preliminary as the 2014 results roll in, but taken together, these trends amount to an uphill climb for Democrats in the midterms.
Blame it on the millennials. You’ll feel better, too.