We’re pleased to announce that our new voter turnout report, Voter Participation Gaps in the 2010 Midterm Election, is now available! It is the latest in our America Goes to the Polls series, and is based on the newly released biennial Census survey on voting and registration. The report tracks, analyzes, and explains income, age, education, and disability voting gaps. Prominent turnout gaps include:
- Age – 24% of youth (ages 18-29) turned out in 2010, a sharp drop from 51.1% in 2008.
- Household Income – There was a 20 point turnout gap between members of lower income and higher income households.
- Educational Attainment – Only 35% of those with a high school diploma or less turned out in 2010, compared to 61% of those with a college degree or more.
- Mobility – There was a 34 point turnout gap between individuals who had resided in their home for less than a year (28%) and those who had resided in their home for at least 5 years (62%).
- Disability – The survey included data on voters with disabilities and found that turnout among individuals with hearing difficulty actually exceeded turnout for those with no disability by 4 points.