By Peter Warner ‘19
In the past year, many have described conservatives as racist and not diverse, proposing the idea that they are getting less and less popular with minority voters.
Though they may not be getting the minority vote, their numbers are growing rapidly.
Exit polls by Edison Research from the recent election showed that Donald Trump had nearly a +21% margin over the democrats with white voters, which was the same margin Mitt Romney.
This means that the the supposed “unspoken-for white American worker” wasn’t the only reason that Donald Trump won the election.
In the most recent campaign, Donald Trump actually received more minority votes than recent Republican candidates, one of the many reasons for his surprising victory.
According to the Edison Research exit polls, Barack Obama received 87% of the black vote, Hillary Clinton received 80%, still a very substantial margin, but it is yet another year of decline for the Democratic Party, which has lost more than a tenth of black voters in eight years.
This decline is because the growth of the Republican party towards minorities. According to the New York Times Trump had a 7% increase in the black vote.
He received the largest amount of black votes the republicans have had in the last three elections.
Trump is largely responsible for this sudden growth, because he is different than the stereotypical Republican politician.
The Hispanic vote was similar to that of the African American vote except the margin wasn’t nearly as high as the African American vote.
The Hispanic vote was a +36 for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but that was an 8% decline from the previous presidential election in 2012 where Obama received 44% more of the Hispanic vote. In the 2008, election, Obama had a 35% margin over McCain.
The surprising part about the drop to 36% in 2016 is that Trump is recognized by many as an anti-Hispanic, white supremacist.
There was a common belief that Trump would worsen the relation between the Republican Party and Hispanics, but instead he lessened the margin gap between the two parties.
The Republican party also gained ground with the 18-29 year olds, bringing the differential from +24 to +18 for the Democratic party, who had a +34 in the 2008 election.
The Republicans lost ground in the 65 and older age group, going from a +12 in 2012 to a +8 last year.
The left wing is beginning to lose the interest of minority groups.
They have been lying to minorities and have been using them for years. The democrats view minorities as votes and that is why the Republican Party is becoming more and more diverse.