Commercial Voter Files and the Study of U.S. Politics
A new analysis demystifies voter files, the widely-used and comprehensive digital databases used to better understand the U.S. electorate.
Millennials and Gen Xers outvoted Boomers and older generations in 2016 election
Millennials and Generation Xers cast 69.6 million votes in the 2016 general election, a slight majority of the 137.5 million total votes cast.
Dislike of candidates or campaign issues was most common reason for not voting in 2016
The share of registered voters who cited a “dislike of the candidates or campaign issues” as their main reason for not voting reached a new high of 25%.
Black voter turnout fell in 2016, even as a record number of Americans cast ballots
Some trends in presidential elections either reversed or stalled: White turnout increased and the nonwhite share of the U.S. electorate remained flat from 2012.
Public Trust in Government: 1958-2017
Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 20% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (4%) or “most of the time” (16%)
Trump, Clinton Voters Divided in Their Main Source for Election News
Trump voters named one source more than any other as their main source of election news, whereas Clinton voters were spread across an array of sources.
How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency
Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.
More voters will have access to non-English ballots in the next election cycle
New census data show that 263 counties, cities and other jurisdictions in 29 states will now be required to print election ballots in non-English languages.
GOP gained ground in middle-class communities in 2016
Although many middle-class areas voted for Barack Obama in 2008, they overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump in 2016, a shift that was a key to his victory.
Hillary Clinton won Latino vote but fell below 2012 support for Obama
Hillary Clinton won 66% of Latino voters on Election Day, a level of Democratic support similar to 2008 but lower than 2012.