How did the historic 2008 Democratic landslide turn into the historic Republican landslide of 2010?
Younger and minority voters stayed home while seniors became a much larger part of the electorate. As the first baby boomers turned 65 in 2010, seniors voted Republican by a 21-point margin. A clear majority of 58 percent supported the GOP in the midterms, a ten point increase from the presidential election just two years earlier.
Are the nation’s most reliable voters about to switch again?
A new national survey by Democracy Corps find that seniors support Republican candidates by a mere five percent. Only 28 percent approve of House Republicans, down 15 percent when Republicans took over the lower house of Congress in 2011 — with 71 percent disapproving of their performance. Meanwhile, 40 percent approve of House Democrats up three percent in that same time period.
What’s behind this sudden reversal?
Here are five reasons the GOP is losing senior citizens and may have a hard time winning them back.
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