Thursday, November 04, 2004

Interesting numbers from the exit polls

Consider these numbers from CNN's exit polling data:

Kerry carried:
  • 72% of minority voters.
  • 88% of African-American voters.
  • 63% of voters making less than $15,000 per year.
  • 55% of voters making less than $50,000 per year.
  • 64% of voters in a household that lost a job.

Can a Republican party that carried only the votes of the powerful really be the party of Christianity?


At 10:40 AM, Blogger jsm said...

I don't think that's a fair conclusion to draw from the exit polls.

The same poll has Kerry and Bush tied among college graduates but Bush ahead 53-47 among those who didn't graduate college.

Those with the highest incomes were more likely to vote for Bush, but he got a great deal of support from low income people who put more importance on morality and terrorism than economics. Most people simply don't vote their pocketbook anymore.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger jrl20 said...

I don't see how you can look at figures showing a striking majority of poor and lower-middle class Americans voted for Kerry and conclude that people don't vote their pocket books. I'm confused.

Nevertheless, my real point is that Bush's party is the party of (1) the most powerful race (white) and (2) the most powerful economic classes (those making above $50K). That's who voted for him en masse. Period. This conclusion that Bush's is the party of the powerful is inconsistent with the conclusion that Bush's is the Christian party.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger jrl20 said...

Oh, and add to that the most powerful gender. Bush carried males 55 to 44, while Kerry carried women 51 to 48.

Bush carried White men by a stunning 62 to 37, while Kerry carried non-White women by a stunning 75 to 24.

At 6:33 PM, Blogger david said...

so the powerful and privledged got their way. Quelle surprise.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Marcus said...

Somehow I think $50K is a little too far down to draw the boundry of "the rich and powerful."

So did Kerry. So did Nader.

And think how right you were, above, to write about the many Christians of all classes who voted for GW largely for the sake of his position on abortion.

Personally, I voted for Nader. But not without occasional serious concern that I sided with a baby-slaughterer for the sake of my elderly relatives', and eventually my own, retirement and medical needs.

Maybe permissable. But hardly stirling.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger jj said...

According to someone making 50,000 per year is among the richest 1% of people in the world. I'd say that's rich.


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