2008 and 2004 exit polls: I'm probably wasting my time comparing 2008 and 2004 exit polls because, as Karl Rove says, they're trash. But I cannot resist:
Republican 2004-2008 losses--percentage points
Dick Morris claims that these number show that Palin helped rather than hurt McCain by losing fewer women.
Asians and especially Hispanics turned away from McCain more than whites. Is this evidence that angry immigration restrictionists like me turned of non-white voters? Maybe.
60 plus -3
Obama pulled away more young people and not many older voters.
Midwesterner Obama gained more from the West Coast--whiterpeople effect? More Hispanic voters?
Less than high school -14
High school -6
Some college -7
College graduates -4
Obama attracted the bottom and the top more than the middle.
White Protestants -2
White Catholics -4
Attends church at least weekly -5
More evangelicals and frequent churchgoers abandoned the Republicans. Religious blacks? Idealist whites? No evidence here that evangelical whites are racists. By the way they are a HUGE share of the electorate (38%). We need them like oxygen.
Less than 15k -11
Once again, the bottom and the top liked Obama. Maybe many of the poor are blacks. Whiterpeople disease is prevalent among rich people, and perhaps some were turned off by Palin? It's a big loss.
Over 500,000 population -11
People in towns of populations between 10,000 and 50,000 were one of the few groups to increase their numbers voting for the Republican.
First time voters -15
A large turn toward the Democrat this time around.
Whites, 18-29 -11
Whites, 30-44 -5
Whites, 45-59 -1
Whites, 60 plus -1
Same age trend for whites only.
White men -5
White women -2
Black men -8
Black women -7
Once again, women were not drawn away from McCain as much as men. Palin effect? Security concerns?
Whites, Northeast -3
Whites, Midwest -5
Whites, South -2
Whites, West -6
Northeasterners liked Kerry. Southerners liked Obama least.
Now let's look at changes in the distribution of the electorate. Let's do it in this form: subtract the 2004 share from the 2008 share:
Not much change here. The conservative instinct is to be manly, but women seem to like optimism and positive messages. To become popular, hard conservative truths have to be packaged very carefully. Republicans should always be looking for a Reagan--conservatism with a smile. Women like security, both the tough type and the helping type.
Whites are still the prize that nobody ever talks about. As Sailer tells us, the Hispanic numbers are inflated, but it's probably constant over the two elections, so we can conclude that the Latino share has grown a bit and will continue to grow a bit every four years. To save their long-term prospects, Republicans need to keep fighting illegal immigration in the name of security and law and order, as well as an emphasis on more quality immigrants and less family reunification. White and/or Christian immigrants are most likely to vote Republican.
The message should reassure Hispanic and other non-white citizens that immigration concerns are not about them. I publish a lot of hard facts on this blog, and interested people need to know about them, but the race-hysterical general public must be met where they are at.
60 plus 23-24=-1
Obama IS the new Messiah. He managed to increase the youth share by... ONE WHOLE PERCENT!! I AM impressed.
Less than high school 4-4=0
High school 20-22=-2
Some college 31-32=-1
College grad or more 45-42=3
The American public is gradually getting more educated. Republicans cannot afford to look like the anti-science party.
Pop. over 500k 11-13=2
The suburbs are huge and grew in the past 4 years. Once again, conservatism needs to be principled, but it has got to pick Reaganesque people, not old grumps like Dole or McCain. Myself, I love a real ass-kicker like Buchanan, but the squishy burbs can't handle it.
First time voters 11-11=0
Little things like facts won't get in the way of the inspiring story of Barack Obama, America's greatest president (who is going to get his own holiday before he's even inaugurated) who, like a modern-day Moses, led tens of millions of citizens out of the bondage of indifference and cynicism to the freedom of hope and change.