“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.