Young Voters Are Abandoning Obama-But Not Running to Romney (Explains empty seats at Ohio State)

Young Voters Are Abandoning Obama-But Not Running to Romney (Explains empty seats at Ohio State)

The Daily Beast ^ | Sunday, May 6, 2012 | Mark McKinnon

Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2012 1:31:11 PM by kristinn

Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Universi...

Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s no surprise President Barack Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign on two college campuses on Saturday. You’re supposed to apply pressure at the site of bleeding. And the president’s support among young voters is bleeding away.

Though their elders vote at higher rates, the Millennial generation, aged 18 to 29, represented almost one in six votes in the 2008 presidential election. And they voted for Obama over Senator John McCain by a two-to-one margin.

While others in the media are focused on the upward trend in the president’s approval ratings over the last four months in this age group, as shown in the latest Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, there are troubling signs for the campaigns and the country embedded more deeply in the numbers.


In terms of policies and priorities, the group appears more right-of-center than imagined. Almost four in ten believe cutting taxes is key to growth. Just 19 percent think government spending is the answer. And those who believe health insurance is a right dropped from 61 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2012.

The top ten issues ranked in importance for this cohort were: creating jobs, reducing the deficit, lowering the tax burden for all, becoming energy independent, ensuring affordable access to health care, creating a world-class education system, addressing Social Security, preventing the spread of terrorism, protecting individual liberties from government, and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Combating the impacts of climate change fell near the bottom of the list.

Surprisingly, little support is expressed by 18-to-24 year olds for the Occupy Wall Street protests, at 19 percent. (A plurality of 42 percent are unsure.)

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One Response to Young Voters Are Abandoning Obama-But Not Running to Romney (Explains empty seats at Ohio State)

  1. Gunny G says:

    Somewhere along the line–whether before the coming 2012 election or after, I do not know–folks will come to the conclusion that Dr Ron Paul is the one!

    But then, again, does it make any difference at all?–somewhere on this blog I posted a “quote” by a lady (way back) to the effect that…if voting made any difference, they would have outlawed it long ago…

    The lady most likely hit the nail on the head!

    But does it make a difference?

    I think it does make a difference. Principle. Vote for the man/woman you think is the one, or, if, you think that man or woman has not come forth, don’t vote at all, that too, I think, is principle.

    Lessors of Evil…Hell no!

    Semper Watching!

    Gunny Gaines

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