With a few facts, your whole 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 would they vote? 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 – 21 million fewer than the Boomer, Silent and Greatest generations (54 and older).
Since 2014, the number of voting-eligible Gen Xers, Millennials and post-Millennials has increased by 18 million. 15 million of those are adult post-Millennials (18 to 21 years old) who are now of voting age. That sounds like good news but it may not help. A recently poll showed only 28 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in midterms, compared to 74 percent of seniors.
If you think a single vote doesn’t matter, a Democrat’s one vote recount victory nearly swung the balance of power in Virginia last year.
November, 2017: Democratic candidates won the Virginia’s House by nine points. But thanks to gerrymandering, Republicans managed hold on to 51% of the seats. It came down to the contest between Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds, with Yancey leading by only by 10 votes. On the recount, Simonds won by a margin of a single vote. While it was determined through a random drawing that Simonds would not win, that 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