Youth Vote Estimated at 49% in Presidential Election

November 7, 2012

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that 22-23 million young Americans (ages 18-29), or at least 49%, voted in the presidential election, according to national exit polls, demographic data, and current counts of votes cast. Young people represented 19% of the voters in the election, with President Obama winning the majority of those votes over Governor Romney by 60% to 37%, according to the early released National Exit Polls (NEP), conducted by Edison Research.  Click here for more information on this analysis.

Additionally, at least 80 electoral votes depended on youth.  In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, if Romney had won half the youth vote, or if young people had stayed home all together, he would have won those key battleground states. A switch of those 80 electoral votes would have also changed the presidency, electing Romney as president.   Click here for more analysis and a graphic.

Stay posted to the CIRCLE website for continuing analysis and up-to-date information.