Voters, young and old, take to polls
Every two years, Americans at all ages – from teens to centenarians – will take to the polls to elect leaders in their state.
While Americans under 30 and those over 65 occupy an equal share of the electorate – each roughly one fifth of the vote – older Americans were more than two times as likely to vote this year, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which looked at both their demographic’s historic voting behaviors as well as their specified interest in the election.
But these two groups are ideologically vastly different. Younger voters are traditionally more liberal, while older voters tend to vote for conservative candidates. What’s more: this election could have fewer young voters than the midterm election in 2010 did, when Republicans enjoyed historic gains and the tea party swept candidates into office.
Age aside, it’s clear that voters this year care about domestic issues more than international issues. By a 4-to-1 margin, Americans said issues like health care, the economy, Medicare, and Social Security were more important to their votes than issues like Ebola and the U.S-led fight on the Islamic State of Iraq an Syria, according to the same poll.
At the end of the day, the story won’t be told until the ballots are cast and counted. So for now, take a look at people doing just that.