The United States of America is all set for its Presidential elections once again. At the moment, the question is whether the youth will take an interest in voting, and if they do, who will they vote for? We cannot precisely say anything, but we can always make our predictions.
Let’s take a look at American voters’ history before we can guess the present. The Presidential elections in 2008 saw highly enthusiastic young voters who belong to the age group that spreads from 18 to 29 years of age.
Among them, 59 percent are 18 to 24 years of age, and 41 percent belong to 25-29 years. They are further divided based on the kind of employment they are involved in. Fifty-five percent of them are paid employees, 4 percent are self-employed, 23 percent are still looking for work, and 18 percent fall into other categories.
Did you know that there was a noticeable difference in the number of male and female voters? In the 2008 presidential elections, 49 percent of the American men took part in selecting their President, while 51 percent of female citizens. Only 58 percent of the people who turned 18 in 2008 agreed to have voted in the general elections that year.
Now, let’s take a look at which parts of the American society actively participated in the 2008 elections. According to records, 58 percent of the whites, 21 percent of the Hispanic, 12 percent of African Americans, 6 percent of other races, and 3 percent of a mixture of all races formed the voters in those elections. This is the list of voters.
But wouldn’t you want to know what percentage of people voted for which party? I’m sure you do. So here’s your answer! 24 percent of the American population supported the Republicans, 37 percent favored the Democrats, and the rest, 38 percent, went with the independent parties.
The big question is, what does the youth of America expect from its President as the leader of the nation? Their pleas are not very hard to heed. They want better jobs, removal of unemployment, removal of the federal deficit, evils like abortion, and permission for marriage among people of the same sex.
If they can get these facilities without any unrest in the nation, I think there will be nothing for an average American to ask for. But again, the question arises, who will be more sensitive to citizens’ needs? Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? Who do you think will be the perfect President of America?
Infographic is from Youth Vote Showdown