2016 Turnout revisited

Very nice chart from Drum putting final 2016 turnout in recent historical perspective:

So, despite early appearances, low turnout was really not the story of this election.  Though, it may be fair to say, to some degree, lack of Democratic turnout was the story.  How much of this is attributable to dissatisfaction with Clinton?  My guess is a lot?  How much of that dissatisfaction is due to email-obsessed media coverage and false equivalencies with Trump?  Enough to lose an election narrowly in three states, I suspect.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to 2016 Turnout revisited

  1. rgbact says:

    The turnout was just in the wrong states. Appears Hillary actually gained about 1.5M votes in TX and CA, two uncompetitive states. But then she lost many votes across much of the upper Midwest with blue collar whites, just enough to lose. I still can’t figure how Trump did OK with Hispanics, given Hillary’s big gains in TX and CA. .

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