Here is some information on the Presidential Election results of the 2012 election.
Here are some numbers that they give:
Popular Vote- 120,887,981
Obama- 50.5%/ 61,128,734
Romney- 48.0%/ 58,138,521
Johnson- 0.9%/ 1,139,562
Barr- <0.1%/ 49,959
Anderson- <0.1%/ 34,521
Electoral Vote- 509*
(* The Electoral vote is 538, but the result of Florida has not been added in, so the 29 votes missing belong to Florida.)
Obama received 50% of the popular vote and Romney obtained 48% of the popular vote. That is a 2% difference in popular vote between Obama and Romney. Obama received around 59% of the Electoral vote and Romney received 41%. There is a 18% difference in the electoral vote between Obama and Romney. Obama did 9% better with the electoral vote than the popular vote, and Romney did 7% worse with the electoral vote than the popular vote. IOW, Obama did better with the electoral college than he did with the popular vote; Romney did better with the popular vote than he did with the electoral vote.
Think about this the next time you hear someone saying that there was a mandate for the Obama Administration and the Democratic Parties plans or ideas. The American public is split on this issue. It is not a nation united, like promised and hoped for and tried to change to back in 2008, but it is a divided country from what it especially once was. If you have someone tell you that there was an American mandate that supports Democratic policy, point out that the popular vote was only 2% difference between “American mandate” for Obama and “No American mandate” for Obama. Obama won handedly in the electoral college, but he definitely did not in the popular vote.