If you’re a democrat, progressive, liberal or anyone who cares about social welfare than you are probably disappointed with last nights election results.
I do not wish to repeat here what has been said time and time again since the results about the fact that the president has veto power and basically we are going to be in a two-year standstill, as this is no different really to where we have already been since the GOP took the house and effectively stopped governing.
What I do wish to discuss is exist polling, especially the results from the New York Times exit polling data. If you’re interested in every aspect of the poll, visit the NYT, but I was to narrow in on a few things the poll found.
This first chart looks at a few demographics starting with race and ethnicity. It is not shocking to see black and Hispanic voters siding with the democrats here, as the Republican party has done nothing to support the rights of racial minorities and has done countless things to suppress their vote and disenfranchise them more and more.
The white vote is alarming to me. Why 60% of white voters, a majority of which benefit zero from the fiscal policies of the GOP would vote against their own interest is beyond me. I posted in a satirical fashion last night on my Facebook that, “White people are the worst voters.” This was meant in jest, but this poll sort of proves my statement it seems.
I can only think to quote John Steinbeck here on why America is not a socialist country:
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
It would seem these white voters are voting against their own interests now because they are delusional enough to believe that their big break is just around the corner, still believing the American dream exists.
Next, the married statistic is odd, only because I don’t see how being married weighs on many people political choices.
On the gay, lesbian and bisexual category I don’t think this is all too shocking, though as a straight male I am embarrassed that 53% of straight people voted for a party that wishes to relegate anyone not straight to a second class citizen status.
I am not overly shocked by the religious statistic either and am actually almost happy to see that 45% of Catholics voted liberal. Catholics are not en mass overly conservative on certain issues, but I would have imagined them voting more with a party that supports removing a women’s right to choose and axing same-sex marriage. Seeing that 45% voted against that is something to smile about.
The numbers from this chart about how to handle undocumented immigrants is one I will be using for those people who say there is no difference between the parties. One party clearly cares very little for amnesty and helping those who came to this country for help or to better their lives. They would just turn them around and send them back. It’s a good thing this country has zero history of immigration and people coming here in massive numbers despite those who already live here…
This next chart is very important. Democrats running for reelection spent a lot of time distancing themselves from President Obama to win elections and it didn’t work. This is probably why: Democrats still favor Obama! These politicians listened to mainstream media polls and figured everyone hated the president. This idiocy cost them big time.
I feel like the next two are rather self-explanatory. Republicans by and large hate homosexuality and want to take away any equal rights the LGBTQ communities are fighting for. They also hate the overwhelming success of healthcare reform, and that 78% that think it didn’t go far enough are those of us who are pissed that Obama took single payer off the table.
So let me get this straight, Republicans don’t trust the government, so the elect more people who don’t trust the government? This should end well.
Well, my only question here is who are these 14% of Democrats who do they not believe in climate change and how to do we educate them? They more than likely want to know the truth and are just ill informed. As far as Republicans go, they don’t care about the truth about climate change. They never have, and they never will.