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


-9.6% (<25 y.o.)

23.7% (teens)

Single women



11% (via NY Times)

High-school diploma or less


-6.9% for less than high school diploma

-9.3% for only high school diploma











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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