Black Voter Turnout Fell for the First Time in 20 Years in 2016


Pew Research: “The black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6% in 2016 after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012. The 7-percentage-point decline from the previous presidential election is the largest on record for blacks. (It’s also the largest percentage-point decline among any racial or ethnic group since white voter turnout dropped from 70.2% in 1992 to 60.7% in 1996.) The number of black voters also declined, falling by about 765,000 to 16.4 million in 2016, representing a sharp reversal from 2012. With Barack Obama on the ballot that year, the black voter turnout rate surpassed that of whites for the first time. Among whites, the 65.3% turnout rate in 2016 represented a slight increase from 64.1% in 2012.”


  • Pablo
    May 12, 2017 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I guess the 14% of the population isn’t as powerful as the TV commercials make them appear to be.

  • Steven Olsen
    May 13, 2017 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

    More about the percentage of Trump voters that did turn out. Repubs vote en bloc.

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