Voter turnout in the United States presidential elections

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The following is a listing of voter turnout in each United States presidential election going back to 1828.

Graph of voter turnout percentage from 1824 to 2008.
ElectionVoting Age Population (VAP)
(thousands)[1]
Turnout
(thousands)[1]
 % Turnout of VAP[2][1]
1789
1792
1796
1800
1804
1808
1812
1816
1820
1824
182857.6%
183255.4%
183657.8%
184080.2%
184478.9%
184872.7%
185269.6%
185678.9%
186081.2%
186473.8%
186878.1%
187271.3%
187681.8%
188079.4%
188477.5%
188879.3%
189274.7%
189679.3%
190073.2%
190465.2%
190865.4%
191258.8%
191661.6%
192049.2%
192448.9%
192856.9%
193275,76839,81752.6%
193680,17445,64756.9%
194084,72849,81558.8%
194485,65448,02656.1%
194895,57348,83451.1%
195299,92961,55261.6%
1956104,51562,02759.3%
1960109,67268,83662.8%
1964114,09070,09861.4%
1968120,28573,02760.7%
1972140,77777,62555.1%
1976152,30881,60353.6%
1980163,94586,49752.8%
1984173,99592,65553.3%
1988181,95691,58750.3%
1992189,493104,60055.2%
1996196,78996,39049.0%
2000209,787105,59450.3%
2004219,553122,34955.7%
2008229,945131,40757.1%
2012211,731121,74557.5%

Note: While final exact figures for 2012 are yet to be calculated, the Bipartisan Research Center has stated that turnout for 2012 was 57.5 percent of the eligible voters, which they claim was a decline from 2008. They estimate that as a percent of eligible voters, turn out was: 2000, 54.2%; in 2004 60.4%; 2008 62.3%; and 2012 57.5%.[3] These were the same figures as given by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Between 1932 and 2008: "Table 397. Participation in Elections for President and U.S. Representatives: 1932 to 2010". U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012. U.S. Census Bureau. 
  2. ^ Between 1828-1928: "Voter Turnout in Presidential Elections: 1828 - 2008". The American Presidency Project. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ Bipartisan Research Center, "2012 Voter Turnout," November 8, 2012. http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/2012-voter-turnout
  4. ^ "Election results 2012: Report reveals 2012 voter turnout was lower than 2008 and 2004" Chanel 5 report. November 15, 2012. wptv.com.