Polling News

Historic 2018 Midterm Turnout

November 15, 2018

Enthusiasm among both parties’ supporters pushed voter turnout to historic levels last week.  As of Nov. 13, it’s estimated that 113 million Americans voted in the midterm, with votes still being tallied in some states.  That is at least 30 million more than the number of voters who participated in the 2014 midterm, when only 81.6 million Americans cast a vote.  It’s only about 22 million voters shy of the number of Americans who showed up for the 2016 presidential election (135.7 million).  For a comparison with other midterms, there were 89.1 million voters in 2010; 83.5 million in 2006; 74.7 million in 2002; 73.1 million in 1998; and 75.1 million in 1994.

According to the United States Election Project, 113 million voters in 2018 is roughly a 49.2% turnout for the national voting eligible population (VEP).  In 2014, it was 36.7%; in 2010 it was 41.8%; in 2006 it was 41.3%; and in 2002 it was 40.5%.  States like Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Wisconsin (all with competitive races) saw VEP turnout above 50%.  States without competitive races (like Utah) saw a lower turnout, around 42%.  Was higher turnout an anomaly or a new normal?  The 2020 elections are two years away, but there are no signs that enthusiasm will wane on either side.  Both parties should anticipate higher turnout and be prepared to give voters reasons over the next two years to support their candidates in the next election cycle.

Related PollingNews

Placeholder polling news
July 18, 2019 |
Polling News
How campaigns spend money is as important as how much they raise. ...
Placeholder polling news
July 11, 2019 |
Polling News
A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that President Donald Trump’s overall job approval rating is buoyed by the economy.  According to the poll, 44% of adults approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing overall. ...
Placeholder polling news
June 27, 2019 |
Polling News
As Democrats watched the first pair of debates, a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows most of these voters are not fully tuned in: just 35% say they’re paying close attention to the primary.  ...
Placeholder polling news
June 20, 2019 |
Polling News
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found Republicans and Independents have a better understanding of Medicare-for-All than do Democrats. ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance