The Common Good
August 2009

Minority Reports

by Rose Marie Berger, Jeannie Choi | August 2009

Last November’s election was the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Last November’s election was the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Young African-American voters had the high-est turnout rate—58.2 percent—of any racial or ethnic group ages 18 to 29, compared with 51 percent overall in that age group. African-American women had the highest participation rate among all voters at 69 percent.

65.3%
The overall percentage of African Americans who voted—an increase of 4.9 percent from 2004.

19.5 million
The number of Latinos eligible to vote in 2008—an increase of 21.4 percent from 2004.

49.9%
The 2008 voter turnout rate among Latinos—a 2.7 percent increase from 2004.

3.3 million
The number of Asian Americans who voted in 2008—or 47 percent of the Asian-American population.

65.7%
The percentage of women who voted in 2008, compared to 61.5 percent of men.

Source: “Dissecting the 2008 Electorate” (Pew Research Center, April 2009).

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