Pew exit poll: voters more conservative, white, angry

November 2, 2010

Frank James

Got much delayed by some self-inflicted computer problems but here's hoping that's solved now.

So far, no surprises. All the elections that have been called have gone the way they were supposed to. For instance, the South Carolina race for U.S. Senate was called for Jim DeMint, the Republican and Tea Party point man in the Senate. We won't have Democrat Alvin Greene to kick around anymore.

Anyway, the Pew Research Center is making available some exit polling which confirms pretty much what analysts of the electorate have been saying for months, that voter enthusiasm for this year's midterms tilted mostly to the Republicans.

 

According to the Pew, 41 percent of the voters called themselves conservatives which was higher than the percentage in the last two national elections. It was 32 percent in 2006, 34 percent in 2008.

Most voters said the government was doing too much, usurping what individuals and businesses should be doing. In 2008, most didn't think the government was doing enough.

A higher percentage of voters were white, older and more educated, which goes with the more conservative bent. Again, all the indicators from pre-election polling suggested this would be the case.

 

 

 

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