New analysis by The Upshot shows that millions more white, older working-class voters went to the polls in 2012 than was found by exit polls on Election Day. This raises the prospect that Mr. Trump has a larger pool of potential voters than generally believed.
The wider path may help explain why Mr. Trump is competitive in early general election surveys against Hillary Clinton. And it calls into question the prevailing demographic explanation of recent elections, which held that Barack Obama did very poorly among whites and won only because young and minority voters turned out in record numbers. This story line led Republicans to conclude that they had maximized their support from white voters and needed to reach out to Hispanics to win in 2016.
Those previous conclusions emerged from exit polls released on election night. The new data from the census, voter registration files, polls and the finalized results tells a subtly different story with potential consequences for the 2016 election.You can see that both the CPS and Catalist suggest a somewhat different demographic makeup of voters than the story told by exit polls. To the extent that white, non-college-educated older people are Republican, they may also be more racist than others in society, according to an Op-Ed in the NYTimes two days ago. We will have to wait until November to see if this is going to make a difference in the Presidential election.