As the nation recovers from one of the most contentious presidential elections in U.S. history, analysis continues to emerge surrounding what drove Americans’ voting patterns.
Among other indicators, the Pew Research Center found that 44 percent of nonvoters now wish they had cast a ballot on Nov. 8, though 55 percent are perfectly comfortable with their decision to abstain from voting.
But the most interesting findings center on the reasons why people said they didn’t vote, with Pew finding that 26 percent of nonvoters said they simply “didn’t like any of the candidates.” The second most prevalent reason was the belief among some nonvoters — 25 percent, in fact — that their vote didn’t matter.
Additionally, 22 percent said they weren’t registered or were ineligible to vote, 18 percent said “something came up” and 17 percent said they “ran out of time.”
Nearly one-in-10 nonvoters — 8 percent — reported that they “physically could not go” out and vote.
And after Republican businessman Donald Trump’s stunning victory, it appears the vast majority of voters — 97 percent — said they would cast the same vote again if the election were held today.
See the complete results from the Pew Research Center here.
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