Now that the 2022 midterm elections are over, political analysts will start combing through data to try and learn what informed people’s votes. During every midterm and presidential year election cycle since 1970, pollsters have conducted what is known as “exit polls.” As voters leave a ballot location, interviewers normally attempt to get every third or fifth person to fill out a confidential questionnaire or answer a few questions. The data is then provided to major national news organizations to decipher.
Exit polls explain how people voted and why they cast a ballot for a candidate or political party. On Wednesday, November 9, NBC News released an exit poll showing Gen Zers and Millennials broke big with Democrats. Other groups tended to break with them as well, but not in as large a number.
Gen Z’ers and Millennials Break for Democrats
Are America’s youngest voters casting ballots more for Democrats than other generations? An NBC News exit poll found those aged 18 to 29 voted for Democrats 63% of the time and Republicans 35% in the 2022 midterm election. As is typical in most elections, this group accounted for the fewest share of voters compared to older ones. Still, they voted at a higher margin for Democrats.
So, how did the data break down?
Those between 18 and 24 accounted for 7% of people who cast a ballot. They supported Democrats over Republicans 61% to 36%. Voters from 25 to 29 comprised 6% of the electorate and voted for Democrats over Republicans at an ever higher rate — 65% to 33%.
For 30 to 44-year-olds, they accounted for 21% of those who cast ballots and supported Democrats 51% compared to 47% for the GOP.
The highest voter base was among older voters, and they broke for the GOP. Those 45 to 64 years old made up 39% of the total votes. They supported Republicans 54% to 44% for Democrats. Among those 65 and up, they comprised 28% of the vote total and supported Republicans 55% to 43% for Democrats.
Gender and Race Broke Down Along Similar Lines
The NBC exit poll showed that 56% of men supported Republicans and 42% Democrats compared to 45% of women breaking with the GOP and 53% for Democrats. Ahead of the election, a Wall Street Journal poll indicated white suburban women were moving toward the GOP. NBC showed that white college graduate women voted 42% for Republicans, and those without degrees went 61% in favor of Republicans.