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brad9798
11-05-2004, 02:22 PM
I was just listening, on way to office, to a local fully democratic personality absolutely ranting about voter turnout.

How much was spent to target the 18-29 year-olds?? WOW- and it didn't work at all ...

18-29: 17% turnout (same as in 2000)

All voters: nearly 60% turnout; up 4.7% from 2004.

Like I mentioned before when ljb5 was speaking to the younger crowd could affect the election- YES- they could, but they won't ... A true liberal base for the US only turned out 17%.

That's unbelievable- 18-29 year-olds should be ASHAMED of themselves regardless of political leanings ... :(

To have all that collective power ... and be unwilling, unable, or just plain too silly to flex it.

Garrett Lowell
11-05-2004, 02:25 PM
While the percentages may be identical, or nearly so, I'd like to see the actual numbers.

brad9798
11-05-2004, 02:28 PM
I don't have them ... on hand.

They don't matter, though, in the overall %.

It is what it is- percentage-wise ...

ken mcclure
11-05-2004, 02:31 PM
Sad commentary on the psychology of this country. Even though we are a "democracy," our President is elected by less than 35% of the people. Hardly a majority.

Dan McCosh
11-05-2004, 02:37 PM
I think that the lack of younger voters is much worse than what the percentages indicate. These people are the largest single portion of the U.S. poplulation today.

Joe (SoCal)
11-05-2004, 02:41 PM
Brad the stats you are playing with are not all that true. TOTAL voter turn out was at a record level that means 18-29: 17% turnout (same as in 2000) is not equal to the VOLUME of 18-24

Lets just say for argument sake only 100 18-29 year old voted in 2000 and that was 17% of the overall vote. Then this year 10,000 18-29 year olds voted and its still only 17% of the OVERALL vote. Ya know what that says to me? That this is a great country because more people voted in this election than in any other election, and more young people than ever got off their slacker ass and went to the polls. Good for America but don't discount the youth of this country they did more than any other election and probably for both side too
;)

John of Phoenix
11-05-2004, 02:46 PM
The youngsters are idealistic. They live in a happy world of their own and don't realize how the grown ups can really screw things up. Seventeen percent is not just bad, it's pathetic.

Bring back the draft and wake the little darlings up.

brad9798
11-05-2004, 03:14 PM
Joe, based on this information this morning, you are comparing apples to oranges ...

The information, as I heard it, was that ONLY 17% of folks 18-29 even voted ... less than ONE out of FIVE folks!

Perhaps the information I heard was incorrect, but my original post is what was discussed.

I see your point, and HOPE you are correct.

km gresham
11-05-2004, 03:19 PM
All 3 of our 18-29s voted! :D My sister's 2 18-29's voted (and cancelled out 2 of mine). smile.gif

Fine young citizens all! smile.gif smile.gif

Keith Wilson
11-05-2004, 03:23 PM
Brad, I think your information is incorrect. According to the figures I can find, 52% of those between 18 and 30 voted in this election, a very significant increase. Overall rate was about 60%, the highest in years; 79% in Minnesota. smile.gif Voting rates for other age groups increased too, so the 18-29 group's percentage of the total number of voters stayed about the same. I think that's where the 17% number comes from.

My daughter voted for the first time; she's 18, and considerably to the left of me. smile.gif

[ 11-05-2004, 03:29 PM: Message edited by: Keith Wilson ]

brad9798
11-05-2004, 05:00 PM
Okay, I may stand corrected ... I THOUGHT that was pathetically low ... thus, the catalyst for my post ...

Joe (SoCal)
11-05-2004, 07:39 PM
Originally posted by brad9798:
Okay, I may stand corrected ... I THOUGHT that was pathetically low ... thus, the catalyst for my post ...Would this be an opportune time to point this other fact out ? ;)


Originally posted by brad9798:
With { a IQ of } 152:Had to Brad ya left ya self wide open, No hard feelings OK ;)

I'm continualy impressed by the youth of this country.

[ 11-05-2004, 07:42 PM: Message edited by: Joe ( Cold Spring on Hudson ) ]

Harry Miller
11-06-2004, 07:24 AM
she's 18, and considerably to the left of me. Good for her. All I could do up here was buy a bottle of Heinz Ketchup, eschewing my usual no-name brand, and it wasn't enough. smile.gif

brad9798
11-06-2004, 12:03 PM
Okay, okay. You got me ... A perfect illustration that IQ can help with abstract things, but has little to do with everyday functionality ... ;)