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U.S. Census: Latino Voter Turnout in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
   
 In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, over 131 million people voted.  Over 5 million more people voted in the 2008 presidential election than voted in the 2004 presidential election.  Moreover, approximately 2 million of those 5 million voters resulted from an increase in the number of Hispanic voters in the election.  This increase provided Hispanics with 4 more percentage points of the vote than they held in the 2004 presidential election.

            Additional significant information about Hispanic voting trends in the 2008 presidential election includes:

      Hispanic voter turnout was highest in the South Atlantic U.S.

o      60.7% percent of the regionís Hispanic population over the age of 18 voted in the election (Table 2)  

      Hispanic voter turnout was lowest in the West South Central U.S.

o     37.9% of the regionís Hispanic population over the age of 18 voted in the election (Table 2)  

      In the Hispanic population, there was a positive correlation between education level and voter turnout (Table 6). 

 

Educational Attainment

Percentage of Hispanic Population that voted

Less than 9th grade

39.1%

9th to 12th grade, no diploma

34.8%

High school graduate

40.0%

Some college or associateís degree

60.6%

Bachelorís degree

70.4%

Advanced degree

79.3%


Within the Hispanic population, there was also a positive correlation between high family incomes and increased voter turnout (Table 9).
 

Family Income

Percentage of Hispanic Population that voted

Less than $10,000

34.5%

$10,000 to $14,999

44.0%

$15,000 to $19,999

40.5%

$20,000 to $29,999

43.4%

$30,000 to $39,999

46.6%

$40,000 to $49,999

54.7%

$50,000 to $74, 999

56.8%

$75,000 to $99,000

68.3%

$100, 000 to $149,000

69.6%

$150,000 and over

80.1%

 

 

 

 

This data comes from the Current Population Survey. Statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. For further information on the source of the data and accuracy of the estimates, including standard errors and confidence intervals, go to Appendix G of <http://www.census.gov/apsd/techdoc/cps/cpsnov08.pdf>.

For more information about the aforementioned tables go to http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2008/tables.html

2004 Voter Turnout

 

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