But here's a chart anyway. The chart shows how much the Republican party has lost the youth vote to Obama compared to the other elections.
According to Andrew Gelman, this idea of a great youth voter turnout is a myth. Gelman writes,
But there was no massive turnout among young voters. According to the exit polls, 18% of the voters this time were under 30, as compared to 17% of voters in 2004. (By comparison, 22% of voting-age Americans are under 30.)So what does this mean for the Republicans? Harvard econ professor Greg Mankiw thinks that this suggests that the GOP needs to be more libertarian -- be less social conservative while maintaining it's fiscal conservatism. If that is indeed the direction GOP is going to take, I'd be much happy. It's about time.