I was looking into the demographics the election and two things popped out - women and younger people voting for Obama. I'm curious what reasons people have for it. I've listed a few of the ones that I can think of (and I apologize if anyone feels offended by any of them!) For reference, here is an overview: National Exit Polls - Election Center 2008 - Elections & Politics from CNN.com
1) Women voted predominantly for Obama, more so than men.
- Is it because of women tend to vote more liberal/nanny state?
-- Maybe because of higher empathy ratings? More negative emotions towards social issues? Both?
- Could it be because of the candidates themselves? Obama being more attractive in general, perhaps, or younger? Or maybe McCain having a dubious history with women - women who know about his divorce would likely be swayed away from him?
- Could it be the higher hierarchal nature of men? Our tendency towards more republican/right wing approaches? Issues like war and other "macho" items could move a portion of males towards the republican side.
- Or are men more stubborn and unwilling to change/identify real differences, holding onto older values/hierarchies/familiarities? Holds onto the cynical view?
- Perhaps women are more willing to accept change, or more willing to hope for the change to come? Or more susceptible to the message of change/less critical of the plan itself?
2) The younger you are, the more likely you were to vote for Obama
- Is it that younger people tend to be more liberal?
- More open to change?
- More reactive and impulsive (to messages)?
- Associate better with younger "inexperienced" candidates than with older "out of touch" candidates?
- Less critical of the message and more willing to accept it at face value?
- Value the action message more than stability message? ie: "we can do it" empowerment?
- Values the more down to earth candidate, in terms of money and status? Respects education more than experience, a preference coming from their own bias (younger being educated, the old being experienced)?
Yes, there is some overlap in some of them, but those are the points that I was going through in my mind when I saw it. I'm moderately comfortable with which ones I think have the largest influence, but I'd love to see why other people think these two trends are pronounced.