According to the Census report, there was a similarly strong relationship between turnout and income. Turnout of voting-age individuals with household income of less than $20,000 was just 51.9%. Turnout rose to 79.8% for households earning $100,000 or more. Indeed, seven of the 10 states with the lowest voter turnout were among the top 15 states with the highest poverty rate.
We can guffaw and bristle and have aneurysms after candidates say stupid things, but let’s not lose sight that the stupid things they say do not alter reality. The poorest Americans are disproportionately underrepresented as participants in our polity, and to imply otherwise — for momentary political gain, no less — is not just offensive from a man who desires to lead the country, it’s downright immoral. (via englishprof)