The Types of People Who Voted for Obama

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After months of punditry and polling trying to figure out who still wanted Barack Obama running the show and who didn't, last night's results give us insight into the types of people who voted for his re-election. Some of the demographics like the Black, Latino and young people votes, didn't surprise. Obama got 93 percent of black voters (representing 13 percent of the electorate), 71 percent of Latinos (representing 10 percent), and 60 percent of young voters. Thanks to the GOP's rape apologist caucus among other generally bad for women things, he also not too surprisingly won the female vote, getting 53 percent of women voters. But, other generalized groups of people went for the president that we wouldn't necessarily have expected to go for Obama.

The Richest Counties in America

Going against the pundit stereotype, Obama won the country's richest counties, according to Reuters's Felix Salmon, who posted this on his personal Tumblr

Throughout this election we heard a narrative about the nation's wealthy being turned off by Obama because he made them feel guilty for being rich. But at least in those richest counties, that didn't matter. Part of this breakdown might have to do with education? Obama also won the college educated vote, getting 53 percent in Virginia, where three of those six richest counties are located. 

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High Unemployment Areas 

One would think states with higher unemployment would see Obama's economic policies as failures, but more states (and electoral votes) with unemployment above 8 percent went for Obama, according to this graphics from Marketplace

More States with lower unemployment, who one would expect would view Obama's policies as helpful to their plight, went for Romney, giving him more states and electoral votes. Though, it's interesting to look at the swing states in that mix, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio all with low unemployment rates, leaned Obama. 

Very Few White People

Obama won as many white votes as Michael Dukakis, notes Slate's Matt Yglesias. Yet, he still managed to win. Here's how:

As you can see, not only has the nation got a lot less white, overall. But the democratic ticket is more popular with black and Hispanic populations than it was in 1988. (By the way that chart, via Yglesias, should say 1988, not 1992.) The pundits are saying the Latino vote in particular has the Republicans rattled. Face of the Latino Republicans, Senator Marco Rubio this morning already conceded that point. 

I am committed to working on upward mobility policies that will ensure people who work hard and play by the rules can rise above the circumstances of their birth and leave their children better off. The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them.

A Majority of Jews

With Israel in support of a Republican administration and big donor Sheldon Adelson giving a huge donation to Romney, Obama still managed to get a majority of the Jewish vote. He got 69 percent of that demographic, according to an exit poll by CNN. If accurate, that is a full 10 percent lower than what he received in 2008. But he still can claim to hold majority favorability with the historically liberal group. 

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