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Recent Catalist Coverage

Youth turnout could save, or sink, Democrats in 2022

The GOP is gaining among Texas Hispanics. Women are leading the charge.

In places where Donald Trump made some of his biggest inroads with Hispanic voters, women are playing a key role in the Republican Party’s growth.

Sabrina Rodriguez | February 7, 2022

Democrats are losing the culture wars

Ronald Brownstein | December 9, 2021

Who Will Show Up To Vote Next Year?

Amy Walter | October 29, 2021

New report details how Biden won 2 key states — and what Dems can learn from it

Scott Bland and Elena Schneider | October 27, 2021

Report: Increasingly diverse electorate didn’t expand Biden’s 2020 margin of victory in Nevada over Clinton’s 2016 win

Megan Messerly | October 27, 2021

Schooling Alongside Minorities Reduces White Students’ Tendency to Vote Republican

Carla Fried | September 22, 2021

Center for Security in Politics Announces New Working Group to Study Digital Remote Voting

New group will consist of experienced cybersecurity and election security experts, election administrators and engineers to explore new voting methods that expand the ease and accessibility of voting

September 8, 2021

How Democrats Won the 2020 Election

August 6, 2021

"Every election cycle, dozens, if not hundreds, of post-election analyses are published to explain the results. Today, our Data Dive focuses on one analysis of the 2020 election: Progressive data firm Catalist’s “What Happened in 2020” study, which makes sense of a national database of voter turnout information and highlights key trends that could guide Democrats to victory in the future."

What Happened in 2020™ Coverage

New data helps explain Trump’s gains among Latino voters in 2020

Democrats can’t afford to take Latino voters for granted.

“Is this bad news or is this good news for the Democratic Party? The reality is that’s not knowable right now,” Michael Frias, CEO of the election data analysis firm Catalist, said. “What we know is this is a fast-growing part of the electorate, and there’s opportunity here. The race is really who’s going to invest the time, energy and attention to learn more about these voters, engage more of these voters, and really listen to them.”

“Stop taking broad communities for granted. It has to be earned,” Frias said. “And it’s hard work to keep up communication and engagement with voters year-in, year-out, outside of election cycles and in election cycles. But there is enough money in politics to be able to have those conversations continuously.”

The 2020 Election Was a Breakthrough Moment For Young Voters

Charlotte Alter | May 18, 2021

"For starters, there are simply more of them. According to new data from the Democratic data firm Catalist, Millennials and members of Gen Z—which together make up the American adults born since 1981— now represent 31% of the electorate, up from 23% in 2016 and just 14% in 2008. Meanwhile, the voting blocs that have long maintained an iron grip on American political power are receding. In 2008, Baby Boomers and older generations (American adults born before 1964) made up 61% of the electorate; by 2020, they were only 44%."

“That’s a permanent change,” says Yair Ghitza, chief scientist at Catalist. “And it’s only going to grow from there.”

A new analysis uncovers the demographic shifts that led to Joe Biden’s victory

Suburban whites moved left; young and non-white voters showed up

May 14, 2021

"A new analysis by Catalist, a firm that examines political data, reveals many different angles to Mr Biden’s victory."

Trump’s improvement with non-White voters in 2020 was important — but not as important as the turnout surge

Philip Bump | May 10, 2021

"The data firm Catalist explored the 2020 electorate in a lengthy report published Monday. It breaks out the voter pool along several demographic lines, including race and education. In particular, the analysis splits up the White electorate into those with and without a college degree, a divide that emerged as essential in 2016 and 2018."

Massive turnout, voters of color — new data fill in the details on Biden’s election win

David Lauter | May 10, 2021

"Those voters, many of whom live in suburban areas, swung sharply against Trump in the 2018 midterm election and stuck with Biden in 2020, said Yair Ghitza, Catalist’s chief scientist."

“In the Trump era, white college voters have become an increasingly core piece of the Democratic coalition,” Ghitza said. A big question for the next couple of elections is, “will that continue?”

A new report complicates simplistic narratives about race and the 2020 election

The report from the firm Catalist looks at what changed since 2016, but also at the parties’ coalitions overall.

"In the days and weeks after presidential election results come in, commentators attempting to figure out what happened with voter demographics are often in a fog — forced to rely on unreliable exit polls. More rigorous analysis simply takes longer."

"Now, Catalist, a Democratic data firm, has put out a report on “What Happened in 2020,” authored by Yair Ghitza and Jonathan Robinson, which makes a serious attempt to answer that question. The report is superior to the exit polls because it’s based in their research for what’s known as a “voter file.” Basically, they’ve put together a large database of turnout information about actual voters, assembled from state or local records about who actually showed up."

New Voters Helped Propel Biden in 2020

Amy Walter | May 10, 2021

"We know that 2020 produced the largest voter turnout in modern history. But, for a detailed understanding of who voted—and how they voted—we had to wait until state voter files were updated and analyzed. This week, Catalist, a Democratic data analytics firm, released their first deep dive into the 2020 election using their database, which, they note "includes 15 years of voter registration records, supplemented by large-scale polling, modeling and precinct-level geographic analysis. What they found was a national electorate more diverse than any in American history."

Younger voters propelled Biden to victory over Trump in 2020, new study finds

Alex Roarty | May 10, 2021

“In short, 2020 accelerated a massive change in the composition of the electorate, with Millennials and Gen Z taking an increasingly prominent role in the future of American elections – a demographic change that is functionally permanent,” wrote Yair Ghitza and Jonathan Robinson, the co-authors of the Catalist study.

Young, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump

Reid Wilson | May 10, 2021

"The data firm Catalist explored the 2020 electorate in a lengthy report published Monday. It breaks out the voter pool along several demographic lines, including race and education. In particular, the analysis splits up the White electorate into those with and without a college degree, a divide that emerged as essential in 2016 and 2018."