Center for American Progress. May 14, 2013.
According to the Census Bureau’s figures, 66.2 percent of eligible black voters cast a ballot in 2012, compared with 64.1 percent of eligible non-Hispanic white voters. Moreover, an estimated 2 million fewer white Americans voted in the election, while about 1.8 million more blacks surged to the polls. And, as exit polls suggested, an estimated 90-plus percent of black voters chose President Obama over Gov. Romney. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
U.S. Census Bureau. May 8, 2013.
About two in three eligible blacks (66.2 percent) voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites who did so, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. This marks the first time that blacks have voted at a higher rate than whites since the Census Bureau started publishing statistics on voting by the eligible citizen population in 1996. The report provides analysis of the likelihood of voting by demographic factors, such as race, Hispanic origin, sex, age and geography (specifically, census divisions). It draws upon data from the November 2012 Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement and looks at presidential elections back to 1996. Using the race definitions from 1968 and the total voting-age population, whites voted at higher rates than blacks in every presidential election between 1968, when the Census Bureau began publishing voting data by race, and 1992.
http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-568.pdf [PDF format, 13 pages].
Economic Policy Institute. March 14, 2013.
The jobs crisis caused by the Great Recession is not over, according to the brief. The country’s infrastructure is in need of repairs. The good news is that meeting all the country’s infrastructure needs would put millions of Americans to work, including hundreds of thousands of Latinos and African Americans. The issue brief examines the jobs impact that infrastructure investments would have for Latinos and African Americans. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.epi.org/files/2013/infrastructure-investments-latino-african.pdf [PDF format, 8 pages].
Pew Social & Demographic Trends. December 26, 2012.
Blacks voted at a higher rate this year than other minority groups and for the first time in history may also have voted at a higher rate than whites, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data, election day exit poll data and vote totals from selected cities and counties. Unlike other minority groups whose increased electoral muscle in 2012 was primarily the function of population growth, blacks’ high turnout share was mainly a function of elevated participation rates. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2012/12/2012_Black_Voter_Project.pdf [PDF format, 13 pages].