Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Stewart discussed on Reset with Jenn White


Joe biden won the presidential election by bringing in a wide range of voters. Democrats republicans independents progressives moderates conservatives yano urban suburban rural gay straight transgender. Wait latino asian. Native american especially those moments in this campaign was as low as the african american community stood up again. We want to take a deeper dive into the demographics. Because who voted how they voted and why is fascinating and it's full of surprises. You'd think scenes of kids in cages at the us mexican border or president. Trump's so-called muslim ban would mean that biden had a lock on latin x and muslim voters. That simply wasn't the case. So for a deeper dive into voter demographics we pulled in charles stewart. He's a professor political science and the founding director of the mit election data and science lab. He's also co director of stanford. Mit healthy elections project and the cal. Tech mit voting technology project. Charles welcome to reset great to be here. It's great to have you all right so big picture. How many voted in. How does a number compared to previous elections. Well it looks like once. All the votes are tallied. There's gonna be something like a hundred and fifty million Nationwide which is Almost exactly two thirds sixty seven percent of the voting eligible population in the us. And it put that in context. We haven't had turn out at that rate since the election of one thousand nine hundred and of course back in nineteen hundred women didn't have the franchise eighteen year olds and have the franchise In a much of the country african americans were effectively kept from the polls so this is quite something on in terms of voting over the last century context when there's a chicago municipal election. I think the thirty percent and they're like wow that's turn out that we're talking about two-thirds that's amazing so did you identify any demographic shifts that stood out to you with all this talk about kind of churning in the electorate and all the rest of the end of the day the demographic patterns look pretty similar to twenty sixteen. I mean there are some big differences that grab your eye but you know. They're pretty subtle other. They might have a special consequence in some swing states. I'm for instance. You know one of the things. That's been a noted is. There's an uptick in support for biden. Like small towns around in the in the suburbs in the mid west and of course there's a surprising surge in support for trump among hispanic voters especially in south florida and in in texas. But that's the sort of thing that we're seeing in terms of the changes are small and expected and sometimes in very specific places when we talk about this election and it'll be talked about for years to come but it really is almost a cult of personality but the issues drove voters in twenty twenty. What were the issues that people a covert nineteen. Well i mean it depends on what part of you who you candidate. Was you know there were intense feelings about donald trump. And i think the evidence is that that kind of drove..

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