With a few facts, your entire outlook will change.
Democrats are the majority in this country, but looking at our government, you would never know it.
37% of registered voters are independents, 33% Democrats, and 26% Republicans.
But how do they vote? Statistics show 50% either identify as Democrats or lean Democratic; 42% identify as Republicans or lean Republican.
But if Democrats outnumber Republicans, why are Republicans in power throughout the country?
Simple: Voter turnout
59% of eligible voters are Gen Xers, Millennials or post-Millenials. In the 2014 they accounted for just 36 million votes, which is 21 million fewer votes than the Boomer, Silent and Greatest generations (54 and older) combined.
Since 2014, the number of Gen Xers, Millennials and post-Millennials eligible to vote has increased by 18 million. Of these, 15 million of those are adult post-Millennials (18 to 21 years old) who are now of voting age. This sounds like good news, but it may not help. According to a recent poll, ONLY 28% of young adults ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in midterms, compared to 74% of seniors.
If you think a single vote doesn’t matter, a Democrat’s 1 vote recount victory nearly swung the balance of power in Virginia last year.
November, 2017: Democratic candidates won the Virginia state House of Delegates by 9 points. However, because of gerrymandering, Republicans managed maintain control with 51% of the seats. It all came down to the contest between Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds. Following the initial count, Yancey led by only by 10 votes. On the recount, Simonds won by a single vote margin. Though the Republican won after his name was drawn from a bowl, Simonds’s 1 vote victory nearly ended Republicans’ 20-year grasp on the state House of Delegates.
What happens when more people vote?
“Most often, higher turnout favors Democrats.” “Generally, low propensity voters tend to prefer Democratic candidates.” - United States Elections Project