But only 58.2 percent of all registered voters took part in that election, though, and only 37 percent of all Americans who are eligible to vote. With such counts in no-shows and unregistered, that means Obama returned to the White House with support from less than 19 percent of all who could have – and should have – voted.
“It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract [campaign donation] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
And that statement is quite true, too. WaPo analyzed the demographics of registered voters and all adults in each state, and then applied that information to available exit polls and other state-by-state data to determine the likely results if all of those citizens had voted.
What would election results have been, then? Obama would have won by even bigger margins, although not in each of the same state.
First, check out this chart of the 2012 results:
Of course, these comparisons were based on 100-percent turnout of all eligible voters, not just registered voters. The ’12 results could have still been more in Obama’s favor with just improved turnout from registered voters with same Dem-leaning demographics that year, though. The president noted those same voters in his March 18 address, too:
“The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups. And they’re the folks who are scratching and climbing to get into the middle class and they’re working hard. There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls.”