A Look at the Changing Makeup of US Electorate

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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:

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

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
WHITE
  • 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
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

MARRIED WOMEN
  • Share of 2012 vote: 31 percent (down 2 percentage points)
  • How they voted for president:
  • Romney: 53 percent
  • Obama: 46 percent
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

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

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2011 statistics. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press.

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