13,837,000 Government Employees Voted in 2018 Midterms; Led All Classes of Workers With 67% Turnout

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 24, 2019 | 6:28pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - There were 13,837,000 government employees who voted in the 2018 midterm elections, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau from the Voting and Registration Supplement to its Current Population Survey.

With a turnout rate of 67.0 percent, according to Table 6 in the data, government employees beat the national turnout rate (53.4 percent) by 13.6 points.

Government employees also proved more likely to vote than self-employed individuals (58.8 percent); employees in private industry (51.8 percent); and unemployed people (44.3 percent).

Government employees were also more likely to have voted in the 2018 midterms than people who were not in the labor force (52.2 percent), meaning they did not have a job and were not actively seeking one.

According to the Census Bureau data, 122,281,000 U.S. citizens reported voting in the 2018 midterm elections. That equaled 53.4 percent of the voting-age citizen population of 228,832,000.

Despite having a significantly higher turnout rate than employees in private industry (67.0 percent to 51.8 percent), the 13,837,000 government workers who voted in 2018 was still far fewer than the 58,342,000 private-industry employees who voted.

For each government worker who voted, there were approximately 4.2 workers in private industry who also voted.

However, the 13,837,000 government workers who voted in the 2018 midterm elections equaled approximately 2.7 times as many voters as the 5,172,000 voters who were self-employed.

The Census Bureau noted that the 53.4 percent nationwide voter turnout for the 2018 midterm elections was “the highest midterm election turnout in four decades, while the 2014 election had the lowest.”

With its release of this voting data, the Census Bureau published a chart comparing the voter turnout in the midterm elections of 2014 and 2018 among 21 different categories of voters. But only one of the categories listed on this chart had a higher turnout rate than the 67.0 percent turnout rate for government workers. That was the 74.0 percent turnout by voters with advanced degrees.

According to historical data the Census Bureau has posted on its website, the voting turnout among government employees in the 2018 midterms was higher—in both actual numbers and percentage--than in any of the six midterms going back to 1998.

[Chart above created by CNSNews.com based on data posted on the Census Bureau website.]

As with other categories of voters, the turnout rate for government employees has been higher in presidential election years than in midterm election years.



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