Fact Tank May. 15, 2013

Skepticism about a landmark Census finding

The Census Bureau made big news last week when it reported that the black voter turnout rate (66.2%) exceeded the white voter turnout rate (64.1%) for the first time ever in 2012. But a closer look at the numbers raises some intriguing questions. It’s possible that the lines may have first crossed in 2008. But […]

Pew Research Center May. 15, 2013

Skepticism About the Census Voter Turnout Finding

The Census Bureau made big news last week when it reported that the black voter turnout rate (66.2%) exceeded the white voter turnout rate (64.1%) for the first time ever in 2012. But a closer look at the numbers raises some intriguing questions.

Fact Tank May. 10, 2013

Politics and race: looking ahead to 2060

The report on the racial and ethnic breakdown of voters in 2012 released Wednesday by the Census Bureau attracted lots of well-deserved attention. But for readers of political tea-leaves, a report the bureau issued last December tells an even more compelling story. That report projected the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population through […]

Pew Research Center May. 10, 2013

Politics and Race: Looking Ahead to 2060

An analysis of Census Department data on voters show that the U.S. electorate will look far different in 2060 than it does now.

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Pew Research Center May. 3, 2013

The State of Race in America

Pew Research Center Executive Vice President Paul Taylor presented on the state of race in America at the Aspen Institute. Download the PowerPoint presentation: State of Race April 2013

Dec. 26, 2012

The Growing Electoral Clout of Blacks Is Driven by Turnout, Not Demographics

Blacks voted at a higher rate this year than other minority groups and for the first time in history may also have voted at a higher rate than whites.

Religion Dec. 7, 2012

White Evangelical Voters Supported Romney

White evangelical Protestants voted as heavily for Republican candidate Mitt Romney as they did for the GOP candidates in 2008 and 2004, and they made up about the same share of the electorate as they did in the two previous elections.

U.S. Politics Nov. 26, 2012

Young Voters Supported Obama Less, But May Have Mattered More

Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.

Hispanic Nov. 14, 2012

Hispanic Electorate Likely To Double By 2030

The record number of Latinos who voted this year are the leading edge of an ascendant ethnic voting bloc that is likely to double in size within a generation.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2012

Misreading the 2012 Election

Postelection talk of “lessons learned” is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012, writes Pew Research President Andrew Kohut.