A no-show problem?
posted at 2:01 pm on December 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Salena Zito writes about the demographic detail from the election that seems to have gotten overlooked — and which is impacting both parties:
Our political parties have an alarming problem with white middle-class voters.
Both parties failed to connect with them in this presidential election — from rural voters in the Midwest, Plains and Allegheny Mountains to Iowa’s “Reagan Democrats” (who did not show up for Republican Mitt Romney), as well as along the Appalachian Trail from New York to Mississippi (which rejected Democrat Barack Obama).
Many pundits point to high turnout by minorities and young people as the key component of Obama’s victory.
But Sean Trende, an analyst at RealClearPolitics, points to a problem that flew under the radar: White voters did not turn out, and they did not turn out in significant numbers.
There was a gap of about 7 million voters in this category from 2008. Perhaps the tenor of the campaign ended up turning them off, or maybe the GOTV efforts from both parties overlooked them. Be sure to read the whole thing.