Exit Polls Show Under-30 Vote Spurned GOP In Midterms, With One Major Exception

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the midterm elections at a polling station in Kissimmee, Florida on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “The national youth vote choice for the U.S. House of Representatives was 63% for Democrats, 35% for Republicans,” the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) reported, citing exit polls.
  • “That’s almost identical to 2020, when youth preferred Democrats to Republicans by 62% to 36%, and a small shift in favor of Republicans from the previous midterm: in 2018, the youth vote between Democrats and Republicans was 67% to 32%—which was the largest margin ever for Democrats among young voters.”
  • The Florida GOP’s portion of the key demographic was up nine percentage points over the 2018 midterms, when DeSantis was first elected governor, according to an AP VoteCast survey.

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