Politics is something we are taught very early not to talk about. Why? It is like religion you just want to keep politics and religion very personal.
Today’s politics are very different.
Social Media on twitter, facebook, youtube, and others help to increase the generation divide on how we think and understand politicians’ platforms of leadership.
This takes me to a very important voting consideration which is:
*How do we reach ages 55+ in a more effective way of communication? How do we make sure ages 55+ are registered to vote? Let us review a few facts about the senior vote:
1. The main difference between young and older voters over the past 20 years has been the following:
*Grandfather and Grandson might vote for the same party, but the grandfather would show up for every election while his grandson was more likely to only vote every four years in a presidential election.
That divide still exists. According to November 2014, early exit polling, 37 percent of voters in this year’s election were 60 and older, compared to 12 percent who were under the age of 30.
What’s different compared with the past is the partisan divide. Simply put, when young people go to the polls they vote for Democrats and when older people cast their ballots, they vote for Republicans. And the gap is huge. In 2008, Barack Obama won 66 percent of voters younger than 30 compared with 47 percent of voters 60 and older.
The other reason the senior voters will hurt Democrats is that seniors are the most reliable voters. The millennials, single women, and minorities whom Democrats rely on so heavily have much higher rates of mobility and displacement than older voters, who are more deeply rooted in their community and thus more likely to participate in its civic life.
They tend to vote in every election, whereas the other groups don’t turn out in nearly the same number in off-year elections.
This fall is shaping up to be no different. On Monday, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll found that 62 percent of people age 65 or older described themselves as “highly interested” in the November elections, meaning they’re more likely to vote. By contrast, only 20 percent of those under age 35 described themselves this way.
In a study released —just four days before the midterm elections—the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press predicted that 6 in 10 voting-age adults would not show up at the polls on Election Day.
What’s more, the study found that those who were most unlikely to vote are demographically distinct from likely voters:
They are young: 34 percent of nonvoters are younger than 30 years old and the vast majority—70 percent—are younger than 50 years old.
They are racially and ethnically diverse:
A full 43 percent of nonvoters are Hispanic, African American, or other racial and ethnic minorities. That is roughly double the 22 percent of likely voters comprised by minorities.
They are less affluent than likely voters: Almost half—46 percent—of nonvoters have family incomes less than $30,000 per year, while only 19 percent of likely voters are from low-income families.
The Cherry Village Apartments Blog will include the facts for both Republican and Democrat to help you decide.
It’s important to vote for what will help our ages 55+ communities.
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