In evaluating the two elections of 2008 and 2012, a major issue seems to be at large. The Republicans did not come out and support their candidate with the same fervor as the preceding message plastered all over the Internet and print media.
The evangelical vote of white Christians was very high and shows a truth already known in correlation of another known fact that white voters are majority Republican. All other religions are, by the numbers in the exit polls, majority Democrat with the exception of Catholics who are at a narrow 2% difference in opinion. This is surprising considering 78% of America is Christian so; therefore, one could conclude this would play a major role in deciding our President. However, this does not seem to be the fact and recent studies have shown that 32% of Americans are no longer religious which, must be a contributing factor in turnout as well.
In regards to the political field in terms of the citizenry a great deal of attention must be paid to the statistics of each election. As a whole, women side with the Democratic Party with 91%(2008) and 86%(2012) respectively. Men on the other hand have changed with a 1% loss in 2008 and a 7% win in 2012. Once broken down by race one can see that black men had a 9% drop in support for Obama and a 6% increase in support for Romney a number in line with the economic downturn in the U.S. With the economic downturn has come a loss of support from the Democrats in the 2012 election with a drop of 3% since 2008. The Independent support has also fallen from an 8% win in 2008 to a loss by 5% in 2012. Support for Democrats has risen sharply with respect to Hispanics and Asians; a gain of 8% from Hispanics and 20% from Asians. Other minority races in the U.S. have started leaning heavily toward Republican however with an increase of 15% over 2008.
In the findings discussed here, the candidates need to re-evaluate the political climate of this country. There are many white voters out there for Republicans to easily get their hands on; however, the minority communities in this country are speaking almost in unison with regard to affiliation and the policies of the respective party. The polls clearly show this trend and it shows that these minority communities have a louder voice than previously believed especially when you consider they are voting similarly.