A bitter harvest for Obama voters

October_15,_The_grape_sun-wilting_on_the_plantStephen Moore, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, recently wrote an article highlighting a troubling irony: Those who most ardently supported President Obama have suffered the most during his presidency. Young voters, single women, those with less formal education, and blacks and Hispanics voted for Obama by wide margins in the 2012 election. The chart below summarizes the statistics cited by Moore.

 

Demographic Group

% voting for Obama in 2012

Income change since Obama “recovery” began in June 2009

(-4.4% nationally)

July 2013 Unemployment Rate

(7.4% nationally)

Young voters

60%

-9.6% (<25 y.o.)

23.7% (teens)

Single women

67%

-7%

11% (via NY Times)

High-school diploma or less

64%

-6.9% for less than high school diploma

-9.3% for only high school diploma

11%

Blacks

93%

-10.9%

12.6%

Hispanics

71%

-4.5%

9.4%

 

Moore contrasts these numbers with the progress made by various demographic groups during the Reagan and Clinton years:

This is a stunning reversal of the progress for these groups during the expansions of the 1980s and 1990s, and even through the start of the 2008 recession. Census data reveal that from 1981-2008 the biggest income gains were for black women, 81%; followed by white women, 67%; followed by black men, 31%; and white males at 8%.

None of this should be surprising. The power of the free market benefits all with increased economic activity, employment and wages.

A government that, instead, produces ineffective stimulus actions; the unprecedented bloat and inefficiency of Obamacare; restricted energy and job development in the name of extreme environmentalism; harmful and excessive business regulations; and uncertain tax policy results in the present situation. High unemployment as the new normal. The looming crush of Obamacare. Lower wages. Stagnant business development.

The bitter reality: Those most helpful in re-electing President Obama have been hurt the most by his policy decisions.

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  • Blue

    You just can’t fix stupid.

  • Maggie

    This is the same government that wants to give amnesty to people who came here illegally. Many of whom fall into Hispanic ,less than a high school diploma groups. How dumb can anyone group of people be?

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  • tracy hadfield

    Do you have the stats for the rest of the population? For example white religious males that did not vote for Obama? Or any unmentioned group that didn’t vote for Obama? I “shared” this post on my Facebook timeline and had some criticism for how data can be used in any way to make a case for any stance! I agree, really! How do we get a clear unpolitical, unbiased picture of our nation?

  • Sky Harrison

    I voted for Obama both elections, and I would rather die, then take back my votes.