How will the Kavanaugh controversy affect US midterms? The Supreme Court confirmation appears to have energised voters, angering many, but also boosting Republican support. Early indicators are that the Republican base was energised by Kavanaugh while female voters, who already favour Democrats by nearly a margin, were polarised even more than they were before.
A lot fewer people will vote this year than did inand Democrats are likely to suffer accordingly.
Voter turnout regularly drops in midterm elections, and has done so since the s. Infor instance, But two years later only Who turns out to vote and why is of much more than academic interest.
Turnout calculations can vary somewhat depending on which population estimate is used as a base and which vote measure is compared against it. For our chart, we used Census estimates of the voting-age population each year since and vote totals as compiled by the Clerk of the House.
Some researchers, though, argue that focusing on the voting-age population, rather than the people actually eligible to vote, distorts the picture. For instance, Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist, estimates that in roughly By subtracting those people, and adding in the 4.
Those conditions changed in the s during the Second Party Systemwhen most states repealed property qualifications, interest in politics soared as politicians increasingly appealed to ordinary people, and the parties directed much of their energy on capturing the White House after the disputed election which John Quincy Adams won even though Andrew Jackson received the most votes.
In an influential articleJames E. In any event, if follows the trend Democrats are almost certain to lose seats in the House and Senate this November, and many pollsters predict as much.
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