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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Demographic Divides as the Midterm Approaches

In Defying the Odds, we talk about the social and economic divides that enabled Trump to enter the White House. In Divided We Stand, we discuss how these divides played out in 2020.

Ruy Teixeira | Karlyn Bowman | Nate Moore at AEI:

This is the third issue of an AEIdeas series that focuses on elections and demographic voting patterns. During the 2022 campaign, we look weekly at demographic subgroup averages from a month of polls. As we get closer to Election Day, several major pollsters are using a tighter screen to give us information on who will actually turn out to vote. These tighter screens can make a difference. Take the ABC News/Washington Post poll out this week. On the generic ballot question in the poll, Republicans led by a single percentage point among registered voters. But among likely voters, Republicans led by five. Emerson had the race tied among likely voters. While enthusiasm is high in both parties, the real question is who will actually decide to vote.
Key Findings
  • College-educated voters continue their march into the Democratic column. Over the last six weeks, the Democratic margin among these voters has climbed an impressive 8.2 points, though their lead still lags a couple points behind Biden’s 2020 performance with highly educated voters. Democrats remain at a six-point disadvantage among non-college voters, a gap that has grown since the implementation of likely voter screens.
  • With white college-educated voters in particular, Democrats appear to be actually improving their margins over 2020, with a 12-point advantage on the generic congressional measure compared to an eight-point lead for Biden last election.
  • Democrats, however, are not the only party confronting education polarization. This week’s Washington Post/ABC News Poll showed a startling divergence in Republican views towards a Donald Trump campaign in 2024. Those without a college degree support the former president by 17 points, but voters with a degree prefer someone else by 37 points—a 54-point education gap.
  • A new Grinnell College/Selzer & Company poll shows similar movement away from Trump’s brand of politics. In their survey, less than half of Republicans identified themselves as MAGA Republicans. Nevertheless, a recent Monmouth poll finds that 61 percent of Republicans believe that Biden’s victory was fraudulent—a figure that has remained remarkably consistent since November of 2020.
  • Democrats continue to lag behind their 2020 performance among Hispanic and white non-college voters. Emerson, Morning Consult, and YouGov all place the Democratic lead among Hispanics at less than 18 points, well below Biden’s 25-point margin in 2020.