Monday, September 10, 2012

Interesting Electoral Data from INSEE

INSEE has published data on participation in the 2012 presidential election. The young and the old were most likely not to vote, either because they were not registered (in the case of the young) or abstained (in the case of the old). Since older voters were expected to be a core group in Sarkozy's base, this high abstention rate is surely one factor in his defeat:

(h/t Laurent Bouvet)

1 comment:

bernard said...

Remarkable graph, but misleading: voting participation really collapses for people born prior to 1930, ie. those who are over 80 years old. Presumably, physical aptitude may have been a greater factor than the decision to abstain...And incidentally, theer are not many people over 80 years old even though there are more than there used to be.

If you exclude the three left-most columns, or even perhaps the four left-most, you find a more familiar pattern of elderly voting "en masse" and certainly much more than "les jeunes pousses". Still, however, participation rates for "les jeunes pousses" have been higher this time tha usual, though I don't have the data in hand (should be checked, as this may be the secret of Hollande's victory).