*(Journal & Times) A detailed report released Monday explains why President Obama and the Democrats did poorly in the midterm elections held last month.
In essence, Republicans succeeded in playing on fears (some real and some imagin*ed) which scared substantial segments of the voting population away from the president’s economic policies and liberal agenda.
Those most affected by the scare tactics were older voters, wealthy voters and independent white voters who “surged to the polls” on November 2 to help return control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Republicans and reduce the size of the Democratic Party majority in the U.S. Senate.
The report was released by Project Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, which also found that turnout by pro-Democratic blocs such as African-Americans, young people and Latinos dropped sharply from 2008 levels, leaving what it labeled “a lopsided pro-Republican electorate to dominate the national landscape.”
Compared with 2008, voting dropped off this year particularly among pro-Democratic groups:
o Young voters were down by 55 percent.
o African-Americans were down by 43 percent.
o Hispanics were down by 40 percent.
Of those voters who did show up this year, 4 out of 5 were white, 1 in 10 was African-American and 1 in 13 was Latino. The analysis is based primarily on exit poll data and preliminary estimates from the U.S. Elections Project.
The results strongly suggest that if Obama wants a second term as president, he will have to rely heavily on getting young whites, Blacks and Hispanics to the polls. Currently, however, the president and his advisors appear to be spending more time trying to work out deals with Republicans and appease their conservative base.