Exit Poll: GOP Made Slight Inroads with Young Black Voters

Republicans did terribly across the board among all minority groups in the 2012 election, but there was a very small silver lining among young black voters. Republicans still lost African American voters aged 18-29 by 83 points, but this represented a net swing of eight percentage points in their favor from 2008.  

In 2008, Obama won black voters 18-29 years of age by 91 points (95%-4%) over John McCain.

In 2012, Obama won African Americans 18-29 years of age by 83 points (91%-8%) over Romney. 

Even though young Hispanic and Asian voters, many of whom voting for the first time, went dramatically for Obama, these numbers show there may be some room in the future for Republicans to make inroads among the next generation of black voters. 


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