Are there more Voters than Workers in the USA?

“The problems we face today are because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

This is an interesting quote, but let’s see if this is true?

There are 325 million people living in America in 2016

  • 60 million are below the voting age of 18 – so they definitely are non-voters
  • 41 million are over 65 years of age.   But only 85% of them are US citizens and of those 35m only 60% do actually vote – that’s 21m voters and 20m non- voters.
  • 224 adults are between the age of 18-65.  But, only 80% of them are US citizens and of those 179m only 57% vote – that’s 102m voters – and  77m non-voters.

Therefore the total number of actual voters is approximately 123m (which is very close to the number that actually voted in the 2012 Presidential election – 125m).  21m over age 65 plus 102m between 18-64.

 

The question the remains:  Are there fewer than 123m people who work for a living?

  • Only 5% of those under 18 years of age work for a living – that’s 0.9m
  • About 10% of those over 65 work for a living – that’s 4.1m
  • About 60% of those 18-64 work for a living – that’s 134.0m

Therefore the total number of residents working for a living adds to 139m.   (Another way to verify this is to use the Employment Participation Rate – which is currently 63% of 224m adults = 138.8million – pretty close.)

So,  the total number of actual voters is 123m – which is 16m fewer than people who work for a living.

FINAL VERIDCT:   The quote, while provocative,  is false.

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