I’ve taken a quick look into voter demographics to see what kind of insight we can glean from them and how much impact might come from David Perdue’s statement,

“I mean, there’s a high school graduate in this race, OK? I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex.”

So I wondered how much of Georgia’s electorate has either only a high school diploma or some college, but less than a college degree. Turns out the first data source I found was 2008 exit polls from the Presidential election. I haven’t yet found the statistics for Republican Primary voters, but here’s a look at what we might expect if Perdue become the GOP nominee. These numbers are among 2008 Georgia General Election voters (n=1937 respondents)

Obama McCain % of voters

Not high school grad 63% 37% 7%

High school grad 45% 55% 21%

Some college 51% 49% 28%

College graduate 43% 56% 32%

Postgraduate 49% 50% 11%

So the magnitude of the offense given by David Perdue to “less than college degree” voters may be considerable – the group of high school graduates and “some college” made up 49% of the electorate in November 2008 and they appear to be a prime battleground in the General Election.

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