Friday, November 29, 2013

The Majority Of Americans Did Not Vote For Obama

Obama supporters like to point out that "a majority of Americans" voted for President Obama in 2012. Let's take a look at that a little more closely.

The average voter turnout in any recent election is about 64% of the population. That's about 192 million people who vote.  Of that, 51% voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.  That means roughly about 98 million people voted for Obama each time.  I hate to break it to those of you who think Obama is so popular but that's less than 1/3 of the population who voted for him.  It's certainly not the 'majority of Americans."  It's a majority of active voters but not a majority of Americans.  But 203 million did not vote for him.  So let's not pretend that because Obama won re-election it was because "the majority of Americans" re-elected him.

It's sad that so few Americans actually vote for the leader of the free world.   Nearly half the population doesn't vote for their elected leaders. And it seems a majority of those who do vote are so-called "low information voters" - people who know very little of politics or issues and vote only for a name, a face, or according to a candidate's popularity. They don't research the issues and what's best for the country.  It's not just sad - it's scary.

I believe President Obama was elected that way.  He was the first African-American candidate who actually had a chance.  (Jesse Jackson's attempt years ago was pretty feeble.)  He had a lot of backing and money from celebrities, the main stream media, corporations and people like George Soros.  Obama can deliver a prepared speech well.  He's a good looking man with a smile women like.  Then Senator Joe Biden said Obama is "clean and articulate" - something that if said by a Republican would have been the racial scandal of the decade. But since Joe (Foot In Mouth) Biden said it, it was overlooked by the media.

Many African American citizens voted for Obama simply because he's black. That has been verified.  He still gets a 75% approval rating from the African-American community - even as his numbers nationwide show him currently below a 40% approval rating.

White guilt caused many white Americans to vote for Obama as well, to prove to the world (and themselves) they weren't racists.  But isn't voting for a candidate simply because he's a particular race or color just as racist as not voting for him for the same reason?

Anyway - the point is that while Obama did get a majority of the votes cast, he was not elected by the majority of Americans.  Because 36% of Americans didn't vote and only 32% of Americans actually voted for him.  So 68% of the population did not vote for Obama.  Maybe that's why his numbers are going steadily down - that 68% is getting fed up with the lies, incompetence and complete lack of leadership skills.

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