In the wake of Barack Obama’s victory in the presidential election, as well as the Republican Party’s weak showing in the Senate races (largely due to self-inflicted candidates), it would serve the party’s leaders well to consider a number of statistics which I got from Fox News, of all places:
Regardless of how one feels about Fox News’ “fair and balanced” approach to news, I think it’s safe to say that it is one outlet that is unlikely to present poll results that are biased against the Republican Party.
The statistics that caught my eye centered on demograhics:
Non-whites made up 28 percent of the electorate, up a bit from 27
percent in 2008. This group largely backed Obama: 71 percent of
Hispanics (it was 67 percent last time), and 93 percent of blacks (down a
touch from 95 percent).
Republican challenger Mitt Romney won among white voters by 20
percentage points. That’s up from John McCain’s edge of +12 points in
2008. In addition, the share of votes cast by whites was lower (72
percent) than it has been going back to at least 1992.