Posted on November 9, 2020

Young People of Color Voted Overwhelmingly for Biden While Young White Voters Were Much More Evenly Split

Kelsey Vlamis, Business Insider, November 6, 2020

Young people of color voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden in this year’s election, while young white voters were much more evenly split between the former vice president and President Donald Trump, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University.

The data, compiled by Tufts, is based on a survey conducted by the Associated Press VoteCast on over 110,000 likely voters. The survey showed youth in general, or voters aged 18-29, supported Biden by a margin of 25 percentage points, with the Democrat receiving 61% of the youth vote and Trump receiving 36%.

Among young white voters, that margin falls sharply to 6 percentage points, with 51% voting for Biden and 45% voting for trump.

However, among youth of color, the divide increases significantly. Youth of color supported Biden over Trump with margins of 76, 69, and 51 points for Black, Asian, and Latino youth, respectively.

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the director of CIRCLE, said, based on surveys conducted earlier in the year, she expected the young white vote to favor Biden by a slightly higher margin than it did.

“Young people who are white in our surveys showed very similar interests in climate change and racism, as well as mental health,” she told Insider. {snip}

But the divide between how young people of color voted and how young white people voted was largely driven by one outlier group, young white men, according to Kawashima-Ginsberg. “White men and women are really far apart,” she said, adding that young white women supported Biden while young white men supported Trump. She said the groups were about 20 percentage points apart.