ERIC Number: ED317489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Voting and Registration in the Election of November 1988. Current Population Reports: Population Characteristics, Series P-20, No. 440.
Current Population Reports, Series P-20 n440 Oct 1989
The findings presented in this report are based on the results of the November 1988 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the Bureau of the Census. Some of the highlights of the report follow. (1) Overall voter turnout dropped to 57 percent in 1988, the first decline reported in CPS in a presidential election since 1972. (2) All age groups, except the oldest, showed declines in turnout in 1988. (3) Black turnout fell to 52 percent, down about 4 percentage points from 1984; white turnout dropped by about 2 percentage points to 59 percent in 1988; and Hispanic turnout dropped from 33 percent in 1984 to 29 percent in 1988. (4) Turnout for women exceeded that for men in 1988. (5) All regions of the country showed a decline between 2 and 3 percentage points from their 1984 levels. (6) Registration rates declined correspondingly with voting rates, except for persons 65 years and over, whose registration increased slightly. (7) Of the 118.6 million persons who reported being registered in 1988, 11.7 million reported that they had registered specifically for the 1988 election. (8) Among those who said they had registered specifically for the 1988 election, first-time registrants were a little less likely to report having voted than other 1988 registrants. (JB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.