Uh… no.. Ronald Reagan never got 80-90% of the popular vote. In 1980, he got 50.7%, and in 1984, he got 58.8%. Nothing to sneeze at, but not 80-90%. HOWEVER, he *did* get the vast majority of *electoral college* votes. HUGE difference. In 1980, he got 489. In 1984, he got 525. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1980 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1984
Yes, due to two factors: (1) Increase in population since 1980 (when the graph starts). And (2) increased voter turnout this election cycle. By numbers, Obama’s the winner for total votes, but not he wasn’t the “most popular” candidate by percentage of the voting public. If you look at ‘80 and ‘84, its kind of amazing how the WHOLE country voted for Reagan - he got something like 80-90 percent of the popular vote.