November 5, 2014

As GOP celebrates win, no sign of narrowing gender, age gaps

2014 Midterm Exit Poll, GenderYesterday’s elections brought a widespread win for the Republican Party, which will increase its share of seats in the House in the next Congress, and take over the Senate, with a net gain of at least seven seats.

Nationally, 52% of voters backed Republican candidates for Congress, while 47% voted for Democrats, according to exit polls by the National Election Pool, as reported by The New York Times. The overall vote share is similar to the GOP’s margin in the 2010 elections, and many of the key demographic divides seen in that election — particularly wide gender and age gaps — remain.

Men favored Republicans by a 16-point margin (57% voted for the GOP, 41% for Democrats) yesterday, while women voted for Democratic candidates by a four-point margin (51% to 47%). This gender gap is at least as large as in 2010: In that election men voted for Republicans by a 14-point margin while women were nearly evenly split, opting for GOP candidates by a one-point margin.

2014 Midterm Exit Polls, AgesAnd well-known generational divides were again in evidence in Tuesday’s election. Young voters have been the Democratic Party’s strongest supporters over the last decade, as they were again yesterday, while Republicans fared best among older voters. But — as in 2010 — an older electorate compared with presidential elections advantaged the GOP.

Fully 22% of 2014 voters were 65 and older — a group GOP candidates won by 16-points. By comparison, in 2012, they made up just 16% of the electorate.

And even though Democratic candidates won the 18- to 29- year-old vote by an 11-point margin, 54% to 43%, this group didn’t carry the same weight as it did two years ago when Barack Obama was re-elected. They made up a much smaller share of the electorate than in 2012, and the Democratic margins among this group also were not as large as in 2012.

According to the exit polls, voters younger than 30 were just 13% of those who showed up at the polls. Though this is little different than the 12% they represented in 2010, younger voters accounted for a larger share (19%) of the 2012 electorate.

And among 30- to 44- year-olds this year, 50% voted for Democrats while 48% for Republicans, but just 22% of yesterday’s voters were in this age range, while 27% of voters were in this age group two years ago.

2014 Midterm Exit Polls, Gender & Age GapsThe age gap in voting preferences, after first emerging in 2004 and 2006, became a major factor in 2008 and has remained substantial in each of the last four election cycles.

This gap is the result both of the youngest voters (18- to 29- year-olds) consistently favoring Democrats over Republicans, while over this same time period voters 65 and older have consistently favored Republicans. Before 2004, there were little to no age differences in vote preferences going back more than two decades.

And the gender gap in elections is at least as wide today as at any point over the last 15 years. Women were ten points less likely than men to support Republicans in yesterday’s election. That gap was eight points in 2012, six points in 2010, five points in 2008 and four points in 2006.

Note: The demographic composition of the electorate according to exit polls may result in slightly different estimates than final figures produced by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey in the coming months. Still, the comparisons across exit polls over time provide a useful window into the electorate’s composition across elections.

This post has been updated based on a revised weighting of the National Election Pool’s national exit poll as published by  NBC News as of 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2014. If data are subsequently re-weighted by the National Election Pool (NEP), the consortium of news organizations that conducts the exit polls, the numbers reported here may differ slightly from figures accessible through the websites of NEP member organizations.

Topics: Gender, Generations and Age, Election News, 2014 Election

  1. Photo of Jocelyn Kiley

    is an associate director of research at Pew Research Center.


  1. wanda H2 years ago

    Well, none of this surprises me. Yawn…..
    Hey folks im a woman, 59 years old , gun owner, grandmother, and i have always worked.
    Basically the party is gonna have to take baby steps out of the 19th century if they ever want to win a ballgame again in my lifetime. Given how dedicated they are to dragging their feet, it will take no less than the death of my generation before we see progress. Until then i will see my 2nd amendment rights get trashed by the democrats, my civil rights get trashed by the GOP who still sees women as little more than animals to be controlled and labeled as “crazy” if they dont march in lockstep with the angry old school “ayatollahs” that dominate the party.
    im not stupid enough to believe that electing Hilary will change the institutionalized discrimination I deal with on a daily basis.
    So who is a possible winner with me? A tough call to be sure, but i will give it a shot:
    Jeb Bush with Rand Paul as his running mate. Damn it jeb will you please connect with the commoners? We understand that it takes time to develop a stage presence, so get to work.
    You could hit it out of the park if you avoid the PR mistakes of the past.

  2. Robert3 years ago

    I’m not sure if I should agree with your opinion and interpretation of the voters data as shown above. First of all, the interpretation of any data is only as good as the accuracy of the data. The voter’s data are obtained by simple question to voters who participated in the election of the Hopuse of Representatives only. You did not show the date for the election for the senate, nor date from both the house of rep. and senate combined were presented. Without a complete data, it would be not fair make any conclusions or interpretations accurate. Second, the interpretation is always subject to any bias by the interpreter. He/she will always look at the date and choose those that will fit the narrative they would like to convey. So, exclusion of “some” data may not provide all readers the true picture of what the entire data actually means. Third, the data itself should be interpreted with the most likely reasons behind them. And certainly, this is also influenced by personal biases.

    Yes, there are more older American Men (%) who voted in the last election, but if one considers the reasonable margin of error of 1-2%, all the differneces in the variopus demographic data of 2014 electorate as compared to the 2010 data were 0 to +/-2%. If you elect to look at the data between 2006 and 2010 or 2014, then the trend(s) are more than the 0-2% margin of erro. Respective to the year of the election, (47% men increased to 55% or 57% voted republican, 50% men decreased to 41% voted democrat), and (55% women decreased to 48% or 51% voted democrat, 43% women increased to 49% or 47% voted republican). Therefore, if one has to interpret the voters data based on the changse over time … increasing number of men voted for republicans since 2010, and likewise, increasing number of women voted for republicans !!! SAME is TRUE with the voters aged 18-29, 30-44, 46-64 and 65+ years old from 2006 to 2010/2014 !!!. Based on these, one may conclude that since 2006, there have been an increase in men, women, in all age groups who voted for republicans. Similarly, the data for those who voted for democrats showed a clear decrease since 2006 !!!

    I hope I made my point very clear. Nothing personal.

  3. BambiB3 years ago

    All of which indicates that the 19th Amendment will come to be known as the biggest legislative mistake in the history of the world.

  4. cheryl3 years ago

    The thing that stands out to me is that Democratic support has dropped significantly in every group, young, old, men, women, since 2006. That is a harbinger of Democratic losses in 2016. And with so many Governors and state legislatures run by Republicans, it seems there will be a never-ending supply of Republicans with the name recognition, experience, and money to win federal office. The Democratic Party is basically defunct.

    1. Viv Barker3 years ago

      That is presumably fallout from Obama’s admin– in thrall to Wall St et al big-$ interests– whose positions on most traditionally Dem issues are more conservative than Nixon’s were. Likewise, majority of House/Senate Dem candidates in 2014 defer to big-$ lobbyists & contributors, offer neolib positions virtually indistinguishable from mainstream Rep platform. As a Dem, why vote? Party can recover if it offers a meaningful alternative. As has been seen in a number of 2014 elections where main issue was privatization of education, voters turn out & defeat big bucks when the understand the stakes.

  5. Bill3 years ago

    How many votes were cast for democrats vs how many for republicans in total across the nation?

  6. Penelope Wincett3 years ago

    The “age gap” is an illusion that appears to compare one group with another by ignoring the fundamental fact that people age. We would expect that roughly half of the 18-29 year olds aged out of that cohort over the 8 years between 2006 and 2014, yet they are the SAME PEOPLE VOTING. But in 2014, they are voting as part of a different, more Republican supportive, group. It would be more appropriate to call it the “maturation process” than the “age gap.”

    1. Jocelyn Kiley3 years ago

      Penelope, thanks for your comments.

      Yes, age differences are to some extent the result of different people in the age group over time. Indeed, as mentioned, that may be why there is an age gap today when there wasn’t one for much of the late 20th century. We’ve explored this dynamic in some detail in our work on generations (linked above)–which does allow us to look at the same cohort of people over time. That young people are more Democratic than older people is a relatively recent phenomenon. If the age gap were attributable to maturation, we would not see over time variation in the gap in this way.

  7. Penelope Wincett3 years ago

    The numbers belie the headline. Support for Democrats dropped by 6 percentage points and support for Republicans rose by 5 percentage points in the 18-29 year old segment. Similarly, support for Democrats among women dropped by 4 percentage points and support for Republicans rose by 4 percentage points. These numbers are huge, particularly when elections are decided by only one or two percentage points, but they are even larger when considered as a percentage of the 2006 base. Thus for example, a 4 percentage point rise in women’s support for Republicans on a 2006 base of 43% is a 9.3% increase in support.

  8. Frank Lewis3 years ago

    If the kids put another Obama in the White House to finish off the USA in 2016 then they will deserve the future that they have asked for and us 65+ will enjoy our billions in retirement savings and just die off to leave them with the mess they created.

  9. SJAJR3 years ago

    The reason elections went this way is who was motivated enough to go out and vote. As far as people ranting about communists and socialism, they have probably never been to a communist country (because there aren’t a whole lot of them out there) Nor have they been to a country where they have had and still have socialists in there government. These policies here don’t even come close to socialism ( I have a degree in economics). Yet this rhetoric is what gets people to breaking there neck to get to the polls.

    1. PLatham3 years ago

      That and this Culture of Corruption – the likes of which hasn’t been seen nor will be accepted by the older voters.
      Never has there been so many government agencies so politicized, so fraudulent, yet this administration ignores and looks the other way instead of holding anyone accountable. The President campaigned on an open, transparent, government. We got neither.
      A new scandals is reveled daily, in spite of the MSM’s loathing to report it.

      Maybe the younger citizens take this for granted – the other side ‘did it first’, blame Bush, ‘all politicians are the same’, but the older generation is outraged. And yet no one mentions the corruption as a factor in Democratic losses, as if next to the economy, American’s priories are Immigration, higher minimum wages or the war on women & birth control!

      BTW, in Texas 40% of Hispanics voted Republican – an indication that Immigration is priory to Democrats and only for their votes-votes by illegals most of which can not read or speak English!

  10. SJAJR3 years ago

    This is a generational thing. I look at my parents, and they truly were the greatest generation. They survived the depression and had to live with sacrifices made during the second world war. The generation between theirs – and a number of my generation never experienced that, but are now the ones in position to make decisions. What major decisions have these people had to make? They create these “serious” issues like they have any real significance, and embellish them to add to the drama. Isis? Ebola? Politics has gotten so petty. Its like 10 year olds at recess. People use the word drama queens as referring to women being over dramatic, but all you have to do is read these posts to see who the real queens are. I am a middle aged white male.

  11. Caroline Williams3 years ago

    Yes, some of the younger folks only got to vote ONCE, this time!

  12. Elaine Coyle3 years ago

    I wrote two comments that were anything but controversial except
    that I defended Republicans. They were deleted.
    This tells me that at least the moderators are partisan & that
    alerts me to the fact that Pew Reports may be interpreted through
    liberal eyes. I am now wondering how credible they are.
    How sad! Another bubble just burst.

    1. Andrea Caumont3 years ago

      Elaine, both of your comments were approved last night, so I’m not sure why you aren’t seeing them. They are here:… and here:…

      Thank you for your participation.

  13. Janna3 years ago

    That is really frightening that 47% of those who voted are comfortable with the socialist (Communist) policies of the current Democrat Party! I had to put the word “Communist” in that sentence because so many of the young socialist Democrat voters think the term ‘socialism’ relates to being popular on social media — not the destruction of our American freedom-loving capitalistic lifestyle.

  14. Wallace Katz3 years ago

    These are just numbers, though of course the aging population (65+ and white men, probably underemployed and racist, give the Republicans their victory). Older men and women in New York State, for example, who are solid middle class, tend to vote for Democrats. Or who are highly educated. But these number don’t even begin to tell the whole story. By running away from President Obama, from the ACA, or by serving corporate interests at the expense of ordinary people — consider Arkansas with Walmart, Stephens Investment (bonds); Tyson Chicken; Georgia Pacific and oil drilling — why should a Democrat in Arkansas who serves such interests get re-elected by ordinary folk who hardly make minimum wage. I spent about three weeks in Southern Arkansas; it is a place that reminds one of colonial underdevelopment.

  15. Ronald Larsen3 years ago

    I am 73 years old and a fiscal conservative but never vote straight Republican. I voted for Obama in 2008 because the GOP inaugurated an old career politician for president and a flash in the pan for VP, the GOP shot themselves in the foot. Obama promised change but never delivered; troops in Iraq came home at a time established by Bush, troops in Afganistan will never leave, he never had a job where he was required to make a profit but as a politician was great at handing out other’s money, he along with congress added $8T to the national debt now at $18T. He vilified those with money but failed to say the rich and profitable companies creat jobs. Obama never tried to bring both houses of congress together. It is his way or the highway. I am for term limits in both houses of congress, a balanced budget and less interference in state’s rights by the federal government. The GOP has a chance to shine or fail.

    1. CM3 years ago

      First, GWB had 2Wars, Tax cuts to the rich, Prescription Drug Program, $700 billion dollars bailout to the banks, and never put those on the books, Obama came and put those mentioned on the books, that’s how you arrive that Obama ran up a $8Trillion Debt..get your correct information before you post..

      1. X2 years ago


        Actually, all those were on the books. You seriously think the USA has a mad money jar they get to spend from.

        Thanks for proving liberals really are economic illiterates.

        Oh by the way..that 400 Billion handed out to the banks…that was paid back with interest…and reduced the debt that obama ran up.

        Those two wars? Put before congress and passed overwhelming even by democrats.

        Oh and one more thing..since we are getting our facts straight. Those tax cuts to the rich. Everybody got them and tax revenue went up.

  16. Elise3 years ago

    The pundits (and even Obama) keep repeating “the voters have sent a message”. That’s not what happened, as I see it. What I see is that a bunch of old men who likely watch FOX as their only “news” source voted, while two-thirds of the electorate abdicated their responsibility. I’m completely baffled at the outcome. Republicans have ground the legislature to a halt the past six years. Well, let’s see what happens now.

    1. Janna3 years ago

      Seems you are saying that disagreeing with Democrats is bad for the country. After the Republicans take the House and Senate, will you continue that same tune — and say disagreement with the majority party is BAD?

    2. bart mann3 years ago

      OK… I’ll bite

      I am a straight, white, 55 year old man. Background: five university degrees. Currently: professor of engineering in two countries.

      I first voted democrat when I was 18 after helping my dad walk precincts in NYC.

      NEVER AGAIN! I will NEVER vote for a Democrat EVER again.

      Men are responsible for raping millions of college female students (if you believe the Democratic lie that one in four college women are raped).

      Men are responsible for wage inequity (if you believe the Democratic lie that it is a gender issue and not one of job choice and overtime).

      Men are responsible for the lack of women in engineering, so we fund millions of dollars to recruit girls to SMET and ignore the problems boys face in reading

      Men beat their wives (Debbie Wasserman Schults): while we ignore when women do it: because men are evil.

      Meanwhile, men die at higher rates from all top ten diseases. And we continue to fund seven national agencies for women’s health and none for men. We have sites like:

      And we continue to light the White House pink in October and ignore prostate cancer month in September.

      For the past year I have grown absolutely disgusted by the feminist whining about rape hysteria — the lies, the exaggerations, the loss of due process for men, the vilification of male sexual desire. And I am disgusted by the Democratic embrace of arrogant, toxic, sexist feminism.

      The same holds for the lies about the wage gap. I am purely disgusted.

      Human beings have evolved a brilliant logical frontal cortex but we are still driven by a largely reptilian endocrine system that drives emotions and behaviors that are often illogical and inconsistent with our modern values and sense of social justice.

      This contradiction is reflected in 21st century US social policy, where groups in society are demonized and stereotyped. The US has a history in demonizing citizen groups like blacks, Hispanics and Socialists.

      Today, it is men and male children who are deemed to be evil and to blame for everything. It is absurd to propose that women are always socially positive and morally right, while men are always wrong with evil intent. All the psychology contradicts this stereotype. Both men and women can be violent or sexually obsessed. It is not a gender thing. Yet people with even advanced degrees in the US (and the policies of the Democratic Party) are promoting this stereotype and denying men due process and their human rights (eg in sex accusations in colleges or in domestic violence in the broader society).

      Now you can whine until you are blue in the face about whether feminism is good. IT is not good. It is toxic for men. And if you don’t want to keep losing elections, it is time for democrats to seriously step back and tell the feminists to shut up.

  17. Jim G3 years ago

    It appears the Democrats are as fed up as the Republicans with the policies of Obama. They couldn’t bring themselves to vote for those policies, so they remained at home. Obama is too dumb to realize this. As for those who lament the plight of the low income people, remember the Great Society and Lyndon Johnson simply moved them from the plantation and hovels to the projects, all in the name of equality. Unfortunate as it seems, the liberal left sees the world as they think it should be, but haven’t the foggiest notion as to how to achieve it.

  18. R Tyler3 years ago

    What is this election’s gerrymander analysis? What were the gross D & R vote proportions vs. the proportion of D & R candidates elected? For Congress (and if possible for state legislatures by state and as a whole.)
    Some say the real purpose of ugly political ads is to drive away voters.
    Looks like those ads helped.

  19. Elaine Coyle3 years ago

    I think that most of us start out as leaning toward Democrats.As we get older, we wise up.
    How many years have Democrats been waging their war on poverty? All they have done
    is increase the number of poor to historic proportions.

  20. John S. Evans3 years ago

    Thank you for all the great work that you do that informs our great Nation! Hopefully the 2016 Election Results will be better news for us all!

  21. Richard Tebaldi3 years ago

    I think “older men” have the benefit of “experiencing” politics… I know we’ve been trifled with since politcs began, but in the last 6 years, it appears to me we have been totally disrespected, as have our veterans and the middle class. My personal experience with politics over the last 20 years is that neither party deserves my vote. Only the arrogance with which the D’s have conducted their campaigns, and the R’s following suit, has embarrassed themselves to me. The constant infighting and party voting and terrible negotiating of legislation, favoring PAC money from Big Pharm, Banks, the entire Medical Profession, Utilities begging for better rates and allowed to increase revenues without due cause and all the others who conspire to control prices for their own benefit must be dealt with harshly. Taxpayer paid elections is the only alternative I see to stopping our Country from going broke. We need to take back our Country and vote legislators that will legislate for the PEOPLE not the Industries! WE PAY THE BILLS ANYWAY.. we should be represented properly…no more secrets, no more lies, no more sneaking crappy bills in with good ones. Each legislated piece must stand on it’s own and those who vote in Congress must be clearly identified with their votes. It takes me hours to find out what my legislators vote on, because the bill is 400 pages long and I can’t stay awake that long. FIX IT or find a job, gentlemen!

    1. David Erickson3 years ago

      I used to think older white guys had the benefit of wisdom from life experiences, but I’ve come to learn they are just as easily conned as anyone else. I’m an old white guy, college educated, successful business owner, a Vietnam veteran and I’ve been following politics since JFK.

      While I too am fed up with the incessant self interest with which both parties have acted irresponsibly and against the best interest of the American people, I can clearly see that the ideology of the GOP is the primary cause of much of the economic problems we have. Trickle-down economics only works to the benefit of the rich and the politicians they buy.

      When I hear people say we have to ‘take back our country’ it scares the hell out of me. I see visions of teabaggers and preachers marching the unbelievers to retraining camps while Republicans nod and hold out their hands for yet another bribe.

      I think our younger people are far smarter than we give them credit for. Where the old guys buy into the party cons, they see the D&R pony show for what it is and the millennials truly believed Barack Obama would lead the charge for humanity, but then he turned out to be just another sell out to the power brokers.

      Sadly, I may have to wait until I’m dead and buried before enough old people die off to give the younger generations the freedom to fix what is wrong with our country.

      1. Fritz3 years ago

        Perhaps your vision of “teabaggers and preachers” don’t conform to the notion of taking our country back those who use this phrase advocate. Your fear is unfounded.

  22. Denny3 years ago

    I just don’t understand why older people would vote republican!! Among the ranks of the republican party are Tea Party members and these hard “right” members if they had their way would destroy many of the things that older people ether like,( such as programs on PBS) republicans are paranoid about PBS thinking their out to get the them. They would also try their darnedest to do away with social security, Medicare & Medicaid, and any such programs designed to help seniors to live in today’s environment!! Why would they go after the hand that feeds them??? I’ve heard they voted republican so they could do their part to reduce our nations debt! Are you kidding me? Why do they think they can save the country from debt and why them??? If they do it to help eliminate programs like Family Planning, ok I can understand their thinking, but they must realize not only will the republicans go after Family Planning, but also those other programs that seniors depend on. I thought old people where supposed to grow wiser as they age, not dumber!!!

    1. Elaine Coyle3 years ago

      Denny , you sound like someone who watches the 7 o’clock news & reads one local paper.
      If you really want to know what is going on, you have to expand your horizons. The internet
      makes it possible to find out what is going on by getting reports from a myriad of sources,
      many of them free.
      Republicans are not dumb. On the contrary, we are quite astute & recognize that Democrats
      will say anything to get elected & it isn’t true.We do not get the chances to articulate our causes
      because of the left-wing main steam media but the discontent in the country has put us back
      in power. Tell your representatives what you want.Make your voice heard.
      And rest assured that as a Senior Citizen, I know that Soc. Sec.,etc are here to stayBTW
      I am with you on the Tea Party.

      1. Elaine Coyle3 years ago

        OOPS! I was answering Richard. Sorry

      2. David Erickson3 years ago

        Oh please. What you can learn from the internet, if you don’t surf only the right wing misinformation sites, is that both parties are quite astute at lying and misdirection.

        As to the left-wing main stream media, a simple search will show you that the mainstream media is now owned by six neocon entities and if you pay attention to the programming you’ll see that left wing slant has swung right.

        And yes, I believe far too much of the electorate is dumb: easily swayed by sound bites, catch phrases and conned by media savvy carnies posing as political pundits and politicians who use values issues to keep us invested in the D&R pony show.

        1. Elaine Coyle3 years ago

          The New York Times puts out a free newsletter called
          First Draft Special Edition that gives a run down of the stories of the day. It is worth reading & a nice way to start the day. I also subscribe to the Washington Post, & my local Gannett paper.
          I check out CBS & FOX websites & like USA today.
          IMO, unless you read a myriad of media you do not
          know what is going on.
          Example: USA Today reported that 80,000 Russian Troops
          surrounded the Crimea. The Post never said anything about
          it for at least a week. Publishers pick & choose what
          they will cover so I “shop” them all & make up my
          own mind as to who is actually telling the truth.
          None of this could happen without the internet.

    2. Rick3 years ago

      Why would blacks identify with a party who has been suppressing them ever since their have been Democrats?

      1. David Erickson3 years ago

        Blaming the Democrats for the suppression of blacks is nothing more than partisan subterfuge. Racism is alive and well in America and unfortunately the racists seem to concentrate in conservative circles. Racism isn’t a partisan issue and never has been. It’s a human rights issue and neither party can lay claim to the moral high ground.

    3. Al Devault3 years ago

      I’m afraid that you’ve believe what the Democrats and the media are feeding you. First and foremost, those of us over 55 have been tghrough this drill many times and heard all of the words and compared them to the campaign rhetoric.
      First, because Social Security funds are treated as general revenue, as it stands right now, will have to borrow money to pay the IOUs in the Trust(?) Fund. That will increase our national debt! No Republican is seriously calling for getting rid of it, but rather proposing ways to fund it without further debt that YOU will have to pay. Your statement assumes that the debt is no problem. Think again.
      You said something about “bites the hand that feeds them.” The government doesn’t feed me! I worked all of my life and paid for my social security through out my life. The only time that they fed me was during my time in the military which you would know nothing about!
      I deeply resent the insinuation that we are dumber. We have experience and wisdom that you can only hope to achieve. Progressives want to change this great republic into another European Socialistic country. Having spent a lot of time in those countries, there is no way that we should sink that low.
      I suggest that before you get too old that you take a course in economics.
      “Socialism only works until it runs out of other people’s money” – Margaret Thatcher

      1. David Erickson3 years ago

        Once again the word ‘socialism ‘ rears its ugly head. Every time I see someone waving the red flag all I can do is shake my head.

        Communism is dead and socialist aspects are part and parcel of every government on Earth. The red scare is just a tool being used to play us against each other by pundits and talking heads who are anything but progressives.

        The mainstream media is now wholly owned by six neocons. Not the Democrats and not the progressives. No wonder the party whose ideology has destroyed the economic security of our nation has convinced so many voters that it’s them poor lazy good for nothings who caused it. Not the rich white guys who control our corporations and buy our politicians.

        1. james3 years ago


          Socialism is the real, creeping threat of every established government.

          In the last 100 years – taxes have only gone up.


          They go in one direction: more government.

          When there is a real problem or a fake one – the solution is always the same: more taxes, more government control.

          The threat of socialism – or really just ‘big government’ is very real.

          It’s not an ideological issue, it’s a ‘systems’ issue.

          People in power want more power – if they can take it easily – they will.

    4. G33 years ago

      Anything is better than Socialism and Ignorance.

    5. Helen Coutant3 years ago

      Yes, I am an older person who asks the same questions of my over 70 friends who vote Republican. They respond Republicans will not do that. I tell them yes, they will. Just listen to Paul Ryan. Here is the real deal, older people vote on cultural and traditional values, which no longer apply to the Republican Party or to what is going on politically and economically in this country. Old voters suffer from the same phenomenon as the citizenry of Kansas.

      1. David Erickson3 years ago


    6. Bill C3 years ago

      The comment above illustrates much of why I can never vote Democrat! The ideas (and the spelling!) expressed are what is being taught in our schools today and you will be hard-pressed to find a Republican in the education ranks. At the age of 53 I returned to school because my long-time employer was purchased and closed. My experience was that college courses have little content, are easy to earn a 4.0 if you pay attention, and mostly are used to express the ideology of the teacher/liberal. And we PAY to attend!

      1. David Erickson3 years ago

        Sad truth is that far too many of those who do not have a higher education, disparage it. To the detriment of our country and our kid’s future. When any organization makes a power grab, the first thing they do is get rid of the educated, the liberals and the community organizers. Why? because uneducated people are far more easily conned and controlled.

        I used the GI Bill to get a college education and like so many liberals I used it to build a successful business that was based on quality service, quality products and and deep concern for my employees. I also was heavily invested in community service.

        If you found college courses to be vacuous then I would say you went to a pretty lousy college.

    7. cheryl3 years ago

      They vote republican because they live off the government. People who live off the government tend to vote Republican. This includes police, military, seniors, businesses. My theory is that they know government money is limited, so they vote for the party that will ensure they continue to get theirs, and no money is diverted from them to other things, such as education.

  23. Elaine B. Steiner3 years ago

    Of course older Americans tend to be more conservativce. They have lived thru more experiences and see the error of their ways. Along with age came responsibility, family responsibilities, home ownership, transportation, career options etc.The old saying is true “If I only knew then what I know now”

    1. David Erickson3 years ago

      I am an older American with loads of experience and a history of some pretty lousy choices when I was younger. Yet, I am not, nor have I ever been, a conservative.

      I see conservatives living in a past that never really existed. Ozzie and Harriet were nice, but hardly reflected the real world.

      Now I share many conservative values, such as hard work, self-reliance and education, but my mind isn’t closed to how these values have been deployed by political carnies to feather the bed of their corporate sponsors, to the detriment of America.

      Greed has been the new god since the 70s and it has come wrapped in the American flag and sporting a Bible.

      1. james3 years ago

        Because you are unable to grasp that the 60’s were a fiction, not a reality.

        It’s the baby boomers who are living in the past.

        America can only continue with border control.

        With fair taxation.

        With the freedom of choice.

  24. Tom3 years ago

    As a 72 year “older man” I am extremely disappointed in this result. Not only are older white men the problem in Congress, but in the electorate as well. Term limits is the only answer.

    1. FishOutofWater3 years ago

      Mexico has a strict 1 term for 6 year limit for president. In 6 years they get rich. Term limits appear to make corruption worse and corporate control greater.

    2. Elise3 years ago

      I’m with you, Tom. Term limits, campaign finance limits, and getting rid of Gerrymandering are some things that would help.

    3. donald3 years ago

      I agree with tom. the congress and the supreme should have term limits. period.

    4. Bill C3 years ago

      So Tom, you think if black women Democrats had won then term limits wouldn’t be appropriate? This type of failure to think a scenario through to a conclusion is a common failure by “young” people (and you apparently!).

    5. David Erickson3 years ago

      Term limits is just the first step, Bill. But returning to an election process that favors community service over career politicians can only be done by getting big money out of politics.

  25. El Brujo3 years ago

    Maybe not as many illegal votes were cast?Too much trouble to take the time and expense? I was not, I am, I am not, who cares?

  26. Ronald Head3 years ago

    I am 70 and I didn’t vote for the GOP. I can’t believe people voted them back in after they nearly put us into a depression, started the Iraq war which killed too many good American boys and for what. In 6 years they have not done anything in Congress except obstruct and push their social agenda. They will learn their mistake but we have to suffer along with them until 2016.

    1. donald3 years ago

      I agree with Ronald head. why does the electorate have short memory? under George w. bush, our country was brought down to its knees.
      some people may not like president Obama, but, he has worked very hard to clean up the mess that George left behind.

  27. Steve3 years ago

    I wish someone would do a comparison on the real numbers of Democrat/Republican voters in 2010 vs 2014. My guess is that would tell the real story of what happened instead of the media narrative that the country has suddenly gone all Republican because of a change in percentages. If 1000 Democrats and 1000 Republicans voted in a particular District in 2010, and then in 2014 only 500 Dems but the same 1000 Repubs does that mean that the country is swinging Republican? Percentage wise, it’s a 16% change in the ratio but why would the media assume that people are shifting over to the Republicans when basically what really happened is that half the Democrats simply did not show up to vote. Dissatisfaction with the Republican party was at historic lows prior to the election and yet the media says that the entire country is jumping on the Republican bandwagon.

    1. Elise3 years ago

      I’m shaking my head and what comes out of the pundits’ mouths, too. They are telling us what we should be thinking, thus believing. Who’s behind those talking heads?

    2. David Erickson3 years ago

      That does appear to be the case.

      Keep in mind that the supposedly left leaning media is now wholly owned by six neocon entities, including the King of greed capitalism, Rupert Murdoch, who shares that dubious honor with a Saudi prince.

      I’ve watched the media’s gradual shift from accurately representing the beliefs and opinions of the majority of centrists to a mouthpiece for the neoconservative right. Those who don’t see this as a serious problem have bought the carnie’s song.

  28. Ceasar Salad3 years ago

    The 65 and over are the revolutionaries of the 60s and 70s…..interesting?

  29. Wayne3 years ago

    There is an inherent contradiction in the data that I’d like to see Pew investigate. Older and retired people, male or female, are quite dependent on Social Security and Medicare, which the GOP have pointedly said time and again that need to be scaled back, eliminated, privatized, … The AARP has been advocating on behalf of this demographic for maintaining and enhancing these benefits. Why does this demographic appear to be consistently voting against its own self-interest?

    1. El Brujo3 years ago

      Good question … hope to see an answer.

      1. Richard Tebaldi3 years ago

        The answer is: NEITHER party deserves our vote. If we’ve (sr. citizens) have EVER been disrespected before, I see the last 6 years as the worst! PAC money controls legislators. Legislation is bought at our expense. Big Business buys legislation that allows them to steal from the American Taxpayer. B.B. uses that “extra” money that they would pay tax on to control our legislators. Look at what they’ve accomplished: We used to get 4% in banks for our savings, now we get .01%; Our houses are worth 30 or more % less because one of the “brightest D’s, Barney Frank, didn’t pay attention to his job. Obamacare is bullcrap and is costing retirees big bucks. Medical care for Veterans and Seniors is getting worse and more expensive daily. Town taxes are skyrocketing. Food prices are skyrocketing. We are being lied to trifled with and insulted by the D’s and the R’s. I haven’t seen a candidate that I would vote for in years! They are all control freaks and are in it to see how far they can get by fooling the American taxpayer, the middle class and the senior citizens who saved their money for a rainy day. I am embarrassed by the messages these last few regimes are sending to our children. Our grandchildren are in debt the minute they are born. WE paid with dollars that were worth dollars. We are now spending our savings, and our dollars are worth pennies! Who are the fools? We are for allowing this to happen. We have now been awakened. Watch your step, Congress! Do the right thing for America, forget your infighting, or get the hell out!!!!

        1. David Erickson3 years ago

          Money is the new god and money is used for one thing: to purchase power. Power to create an oligarchy where a proud, civil republic once existed.

    2. Bill C3 years ago

      If you don’t know your facts, then you shouldn’t comment because, if you do, you’re just adding to the problem! All these ideas about Social Security changes came from the Kerry(D)-Danforth(R) Commision formed under Bill Clinton. Look it up.

  30. Carl G. Oehling3 years ago

    This is even worse when persons claiming to be Christian compose 63%. Their bible says in Romans 13: “The powers that be are ordained of God…”. The Constitution has the voters elect the trustees to run this county. It seems to be a sin to not run America according to “Thy will be done…”. Matt. 6:10.

  31. HillRunner3 years ago

    I’d be curious to see a poll analyzing WHY fewer Blacks and Hispanics voted Democratic in 2014 than in 2010 and/or 2012.

    My Hispanic upbringing—and tutoring in mixed inner-city neighborhoods—incline me to suspect these demographics’ trust in the Democratic party and our President have somewhat dissipated based on not seeing firsthand adequate “in my neighborhood” economic recovery.

  32. Peter3 years ago

    What I was wondering is how the GOP’s deficit with blacks, Hispanics, and Asians fared. The article seemed to omit that.

  33. PLM3 years ago

    This is interesting and directly contradicts several media reports I have read that say or imply that this was a very different situation than previous mid-terms. It looks exactly the same.

  34. Art3 years ago

    18-30 year olds of electorate was 13%? Dissapointing but not surprised.

  35. Buzz Mills3 years ago

    Obama said two-thirds of registered voters didn’t vote yesterday …
    that’s disgustingly disgraceful

    1. El Brujo3 years ago

      Is there factual verification that it is a true statement?

    2. W. R. Knight3 years ago

      Not quite two thirds. According to the U.S. Elections Project it was only 63.3% of voters that didn’t vote. That is not only disgusting and disgraceful, but is probably the greatest threat to democracy in the U.S.