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A look at the changing makeup of US electorate

Source : AP
Last Updated: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 09:00 hrs

' share of the vote has changed since 2000, the year Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore, who narrowly carried the popular vote but lost the Electoral College:

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HISPANICS

17 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 7 percent

How they voted for president:

Gore: 62 percent

Bush: 35 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 10 percent (up 3 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Obama: 71 percent

Romney: 27 percent

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BLACKS

12 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 10 percent

How they voted for president:

Gore: 90 percent

Bush: 9 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 13 percent (up 3 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Obama: 93 percent

Romney: 6 percent

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WHITES

63 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 81 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 54 percent

Gore: 42 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 72 percent (down 9 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 59 percent

Obama: 39 percent

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SINGLE WOMEN

26 percent of U.S. population age 15 and older

Share of 2000 vote: 19 percent

How they voted for president:

Gore: 63 percent

Bush: 33 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 23 percent (up 4 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Obama: 67 percent

Romney: 31 percent

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MARRIED WOMEN

25 percent of U.S. population age 15 and over

Share of 2000 vote: 33 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 49 percent

Gore: 48 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 31 percent (down 2 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 53 percent

Obama: 46 percent

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WHITE MEN

31 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 38 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 60 percent

Gore: 36 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 34 percent (down 4 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 62 percent

Obama: 35 percent

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WHITES WITHOUT FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE DEGREES

46 percent of U.S. population age 25 and older

Share of 2000 vote: 46 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 57 percent

Gore: 40 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 36 percent (down 10 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 62 percent

Obama: 36 percent

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2011 statistics. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press.

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Online:

Exit polls: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls




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