November 6, 2004

The Majority of Americans

Did not vote.

Let me repeat: the majority of Americans did not vote in the November 2 election.

As of Friday evening (11/5) bush has tallied 59,651,891 votes. This is not a majority of Americans.

Approximately 20.2% of the US population voted for bush.
Approximately 22.0% of US citizens voted for bush.
Approximately 29.4% of US citizens eligible to vote voted for bush.

And, yes, a slightly smaller % in each category voted for kerry.

When you read or hear someone stating that a majority voted for bush remember to put it in perspective. And, if they don't clearly qualify what they are saying, specifically that it was a majority of those who voted, you just might want to question the rest of what they are saying as well.

NB: The above calculations based on US Census Bureau data from 2002, 2003 and the estimated November 2004 US population.

Posted by Steve on November 6, 2004

I really don't care what the people who didn't vote think.

If they want to express their opinion, they can do it by voting.

If they didn't vote because they were declared inelligable due to some irregularity, maybe they should have made the effort to make sure that the irregularity didn't comeup.

If they can't vote becase they are barred due to having committed a felony, tey shouldn't have done the crime.

If they can't vote because they aren't a citizen, then they are more than welcome to vote in their home country. If their home country doesn't have elections, then they are more than welcome to go back there and help the people they abandoned to establish a government that has elections.

I figure everybody else just likes to whine.

Posted by Laurence Simon at November 8, 2004 8:29 AM
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