AP poll finds only group breaking for Republicans are Americans 65 or older

AP poll finds only group breaking for Republicans are Americans 65 or older
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A new survey is finding that the only group voting Republican by a majority are those 65 and older.

The survey by AP Votecast, reported by The Wall Street Journal, found that 49 percent of voters 65 and older voted Republican this election cycle, compared to 48 percent who voted Democrat. Those 65 and older accounted for 26 percent of total voters in the survey. 

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The survey was conducted before the election and on Election Day, surveying those who said they intended to vote or had done so. 

A majority of those in all other age groups voted Democrat.

Forty-nine percent of those ages 50 to 64 voted Democrat, compared to 46 percent who voted Republican, amounting to a total of 30 percent of the vote.

The percentage of those voting Republican decreased with each age category, according to the survey.  

Fifty-one percent of voters ages 40 to 49 voted Democrat, while 43 percent voted Republican; 56 percent of those 30–39 went Democrat, while 37 percent backed Republicans; and 58 percent of people 25–29 years old went for Democrats, while 34 percent voted Republican.  

Sixty-three percent of those ages 18 to 24 voted Democrat, compared to 30 percent who voted Republican. Those young voters accounted for 6 percent of voters surveyed in the poll.

Voters over the age of 60 accounted for 39.4 percent of all voters during the 2014 midterm elections, while those ages 45 to 49 made up 30.3 percent of the total.

Young voters typically have lower turnout rates than those who are older, but this year has seen a youth vote surge in key states, according to early voting data