There are five assertions present in chapter 6 that were proven by last week’s election. The first assertion being that Black participation is lower than that of whites overall. This is proven by the exit poll claiming that black participation is 13% whereas white paticipation is 74%. The second assertion is that educated voters who have attended college are more likely to vote. This is proven by the exit poll stating 76% of the voters attended college whereas 24% did not. Another assertion that was proven is that people can give money. Obama collected 600 million from a number of private citizens. The assertion that parties are less effective in mobilizing voters was proven by the exit poll stating that of the voter turnout, 79% were not contacted by McCain and 72% were not contacted by Obama.
There are five examples of assertions that were disproven by last week’s election. The first assertion being that both men and women vote at the same rate. This is disproven by the exit poll that calculated 47% of the voting population was male, and 53% of that population was female. Another assertion disproven by last week’s election is that church-goers vote more because church involvement develops the skills associated with political participation. The exit polls show that of the voting population, 40% were weekly church attendees yet 42% attended church only occasionally. The assertion that people are discouraged to vote because of fraud is disproven by the exit poll that states 90% of voters were confident that their votes will be counted accurately whereas only 9% feared fraud. The assertion that U.S. turnout rates are heavily skewed to people of higher staus is disproven by the exit poll measuring that of the voting population, only 26% had an income over 100K, and 74% had incomes lower than 100K.