In the national House exit poll , Republicans got crushed among young people — taking just 32% as compared to 67% for Democrats among those aged 18 to 29.
Among voters aged 18-44 — at 42 years old myself, I’d say that includes people who are no spring chickens — Democrats took 61%, while Republicans got just 36%.
One of President Donald Trump’s saving graces in the 2016 election was white women, who made up 37% of the electorate and voted for him over Hillary Clinton by 9 points.
In Tuesday’s election, white women again made up 37% of the electorate, but this time they split their votes: 49% for Democrats, 49% for Republicans.
Democrats continued to absolutely dominate among unmarried women; 66% voted for Democratic candidates for the House while just 31% voted for Republicans.
Almost 1 in 5 voters were newFully 16% of respondents said that 2018 was the first midterm election they had ever voted in.
Overall, 45% of people said they approved of Trump as President while 54% disapproved.
Given how big a factor Trump was in voters’ minds (38% said their vote was to show opposition to Trump, 26% said it was to express support for him), the passion the President brought out in his opponents clearly influenced the overall outcome.
Pelosi, who has repeatedly expressed skepticism about the idea of impeachment, will have to deal with her party’s base (and a not-insubstantial number of her House Democratic colleagues), which believes that trying to impeach Trump is beyond debate.
This was (another) health care electionMore than 4 in 10 voters (41%) named health care as the most important issue facing the country.
One other stat on health care from the exit polls: 69% of people said the current system needs “major changes.”
It was an election about health care, yes, and also about how people — and women in particular — viewed the basic idea of Trump as President.
The Russia investigation is seen through a political lensOne of the most surprising findings for me is that more people believe the ongoing probe into Russia interference in the 2016 election is “politically motivated” (54%) than believe it to be “mostly justified” (41%).
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