Data in everyday life: Presidential voter turnout

Beth SavageLast month we looked at a control chart of voter turnout percentages since 1960, the first year that all 50 states voted in a US presidential election.

Last month’s chart demonstrated that the percentage of those eligible to vote in the US who actually vote in presidential elections has averaged less than 60%. According to Pew Research Center, that is lower than most established democracies. What were voter turnout percentages the first half of the century? Would you expect that they were higher or lower than recent elections? Or, do you think voter turnout has been a stable process for a century? Here’s a control chart based on data from the last 25 presidential elections.

What is your prediction for the voter turnout rate of the 2016 election?

4 thoughts on “Data in everyday life: Presidential voter turnout

  1. it seems easy to understand the drop in voter turnout for the election in 72…. coming out of Vietnam, country morale was certainly down. It is an interesting spike in 92, but from 1972 to 2000 is “consistent” at roughly 55%… now to understand why it jumped in 2004? But I do agree…. even though it is up from the previous period, having only 60% vote is pretty poor showing. Do you think the electoral college make people feel like their vote isn’t important (e.g. Why vote in Illinois if you are republican? The state has gone democratic in the last six elections,)

  2. What source did you get the data from? I looked for a couple of sites and they did not match your data. Please let me know and thank you.

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