Why Do Non-Voters Stay Home? Not Out Of Ideology.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 22, 2015
One thing progressives tell themselves over and over again is that the reason most non-voters don’t vote is because they don’t like the issues or the candidates available for their vote. But is that really true?
In 2008, a U.S. Census Bureau study showed that 26.4% of those non-voters polled said that they didn’t vote because they weren’t interested or didn’t like the candidates. That’s barely a quarter of all the non-voters polled.
For 2012, the Census Bureau split out ideological non-voters (those that didn’t like the issues or candidates) from the merely apathetic (those who just plain weren’t interested). This showed that just 12.7% of non-voters polled – one-eighth of them – didn’t vote because they didn’t like the issues or candidates. Even more interesting: For 2014, the Census Bureau found that the percentage size of this group of non-voters had dropped to 8%.
Even if one continues to lump the apathetic in with those who don’t vote for ideological reasons, three Census Bureau studies show that at most, less than a third of the non-voters polled over the past three election cycles fall into this category.
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