New Jersey Collegiate Career Day
By Kayvan Dastgheib-Beheshti, Program Coordinator
Depending on your current political alignments, last Tuesday was either a glorious continuation of a future American dream, or a country in which the beliefs you hold dear were jeopardized in this ever changing world. Regardless, our country will endure and overcome every challenge as it has done so for over 200 years. This election, unlike the ones before, demonstrated some very interesting trends that are developing in 21st century America.
After the 2000 election, 7 out of 10 Americans registered to vote claimed that this election was more important than any previous election. While on the surface this seems like a beneficial thing, Americans are displaying a more involved role in the political process than in previous years. It also brings to light an uglier truth to our current political spectrum. Bill Clinton's administration was known for its effective methodology for implementing policy. Bill Clinton was considered a president fully capable of utilizing the bully pulpit, and as a result his administration had quite a high percentage of bi-partisan projects. In recent years our country has faced increasing partisanship. As a result many policies have been stalled or simply overturned do to the black and white nature of 21st century American politics. Exit polls have shown that this election showed greater earnest in GOP supporters. The previous election showed the opposite to be true. With each passing election Americans are growing more vocal about how they choose their government representatives.
The election also presented outstanding voter representation. These votes ultimately decided the election. Changing racial demographics served President Obama a decisive win that ultimately has to force Republicans to rethink their messages and their strategies. Obama won an estimated 66% of the Hispanic vote and almost 90% of the non-white vote. Voter turnout amongst minorities sealed the President's victory in battle ground states like Florida and Ohio. At the same time Obama won 63% of voters aged 18-34. Governor Romney won 57% of the white vote to 41% for President Obama. Minorities are becoming a major power within politics. By 2040 it is estimated that the white population will be the racial minority. These statistics do not necessarily lend themselves to a racial gap but more a cultural and generational gap. The white vote is obviously a major influence in politics today, so Democrats will still have to find a way to ensure this racial demographic's support, and Republicans will no doubt have to find a way to attract the increasing number of young generation minority voters.
If you didn't have a chance to register or vote in this year's election, visit your campus Community Service Center! (MN: 26 W. 61st Street, Rm 007; OW: Salten Hall, Rm 3). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts on the recent election.