WEB EXTRA: A Look at the Changing Makeup of US Electorate

Created: 11/12/2012 7:11 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A look at how much various demographic groups' share of the vote has changed since 2000, the year Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore, who narrowly carried the popular vote but lost the Electoral College:
    
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HISPANICS
    
17 percent of U.S. population
    
Share of 2000 vote: 7 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Gore: 62 percent
    
Bush: 35 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote:  10 percent (up 3 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Obama: 71 percent
    
Romney: 27 percent
    
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BLACKS
    
12 percent of U.S. population
    
Share of 2000 vote: 10 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Gore: 90 percent
    
Bush: 9 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote: 13 percent (up 3 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Obama: 93 percent
    
Romney: 6 percent
    
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WHITES
    
63 percent of U.S. population
    
Share of 2000 vote: 81 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Bush: 54 percent
    
Gore: 42 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote: 72 percent (down 9 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Romney: 59 percent
    
Obama: 39 percent
    
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SINGLE WOMEN
    
26 percent of U.S. population age 15 and older
    
Share of 2000 vote: 19 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Gore: 63 percent
    
Bush: 33 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote: 23 percent (up 4 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Obama: 67 percent
    
Romney: 31 percent
    
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MARRIED WOMEN
    
25 percent of U.S. population age 15 and over
    
Share of 2000 vote: 33 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Bush: 49 percent
    
Gore: 48 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote: 31 percent (down 2 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Romney: 53 percent
    
Obama: 46 percent
    
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WHITE MEN
    
31 percent of U.S. population
    
Share of 2000 vote: 38 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Bush: 60 percent
    
Gore:  36 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote: 34 percent (down 4 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Romney: 62 percent
    
Obama: 35 percent
    
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WHITES WITHOUT FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE DEGREES
    
46 percent of U.S. population age 25 and older
    
Share of 2000 vote: 46 percent
    
How they voted for president:
    
Bush:  57 percent
    
Gore: 40 percent
    
Share of 2012 vote: 36 percent (down 10 percentage points)
    
How they voted for president:
    
Romney: 62 percent
    
Obama: 36 percent
    
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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2011 statistics. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press.
    
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Online:
    
Exit polls: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls

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