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Economy Cuts Into Obama’s Youth Support: Can Obama Depend on Youth Vote?

Fef 2012/07/02 18:59:58
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President Obama enjoys a wide lead over Mitt Romney among youthful voters. However, the nearly 24 percent unemployment rate among 18- and 19-year-olds cuts Obama's margin in half among that age group. Political pundits suggest that the recession and slow recovery play an important role in the 17 million newest voters.

“The concern for Obama, and the opportunity for Romney, is in the 18- to 24-year-olds who don’t have the historical or direct connection to the campaign or the movement of four years ago,” said John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics. “We’re also seeing that these younger members of this generation are beginning to show some more conservative traits. It doesn’t mean they are Republican. It means Republicans have an opportunity.”

“I think the lack of excitement right now is palpable enough to be a challenge to the re-election campaign” of Mr. Obama, said Peter Levine, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

New York Times reports:Since President Obama swept into office with vast backing from young people, a new corps of voters have come of age with views shaped by the recession.

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  • KG 2012/07/03 19:25:19
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    KG
    +16
    Certainly not mine. Obama is a puppet of wall street and out to destroy the United States. 1.7 trillion to the FED first month in office. Got torture LEGALIZED while lying, saying he was closing Guantanamo Bay. Lost America's AAA rating, botched the Gulf spill disaster, being crowned head of the UN (unconstitutional). His health care bill with 14 provisions for new taxes that removed free care for children under 12. 5 that's right, 5 new conflicts! He signed the NDAA when he promised he wouldn't ! Or what about the martial law acts? He has increased the national debt more than any other president in history, and that's in just three years! All to give to the richest institutions in the world. On and on and on, like his signing statements and pocket vetoes. Or Fast and Furious, and Solyndra, didn't he promise the most transparent presidency? ALL LIES !! Look at the economy! You cant even get a bag of chips for a dollar any more, whats the price of a can of coke? He is stealing right out of our pockets thru inflation. Look at GAS! This comes from an Obama voter in 2008, boy did he make a fool out of me. I'm now fully supporting the only non insider, the only non puppet the only one with honor in the old sense, the only one that DOES what he SAYS! RON PAUL!!!!

    In 100 years the truly educated will see this president as one of the worst in history.

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  • Mean Mommy Tinka123 2012/07/03 01:24:37
    Mean Mommy
    I understand what you are saying but please educate these young people...unforunately when the libertian vote hardly receives any votes it can help or hurt the wrong or right party.(I do not know if I explained what I am trying to say right, I hope I did)
  • Tinka123 Mean Mommy 2012/07/03 01:28:02
    Tinka123
    +2
    I'm not really a party person, I don't think most young people are either and thank God for that. My opinion, group think is precisely what's destroying this country. Most of the young people I speak with are hungry for an honest representative rather than a smooth-talking politician.
  • Mean Mommy Tinka123 2012/07/03 02:28:45
    Mean Mommy
    I agree. Honesty is "ALWAYS" the best policy, but back to the real world, sad as it is, the government system does not work that way. I just want these young adults to look in the mirror and know that they count and to look outside there young life at expectation for their futures...look at these candidates track records, look how they treat their friends, family, acquaintance and people they surround themselves with and decisions they have made, the "big game" with politicians is "HOW MANY LIES DO THEY TELL" ... look at not just the "NOW" take the time to check these people out. Decisions being made now (whether interested or not) will affect you and the people you love and care for in your future, I hope this is not to boring, boring, boring, I was very young at one time and I understand... but you do count and you need to help set "YOUR FUTURES" in the ways that you can...no matter how little or insignificant that you think it is.
  • Tinka123 Mean Mommy 2012/07/03 02:34:18
    Tinka123
    The system doesn't work that way because we as a people have submitted to the notion that it can't. I don't accept that. I don't think our young people accept that either.

    I couldn't agree with you more about researching candidates.
  • Mean Mommy Tinka123 2012/07/03 02:50:06
    Mean Mommy
    +1
    Keep the faith and do your homework and I am glad you don't accept that. This is great to hear, you care, you want better and your generation wants better, but be ready for when life starts throwing curves and all kinds of unexpected surprises that life throws at us all. Life has been and is definetley interesting! Hang Tough!
  • Tinka123 Mean Mommy 2012/07/03 17:42:38
    Tinka123
    Absolutely - I think younger folks care a lot more than most give them credit for. It's ok to be idealistic - to a point. Young people are naturally so, I am myself.

    The biggest hump we need to get over as a society is the notion that we need leaders to make this country great. Anyone looking for answers to our country's problems needs to look in the mirror. The people will better this country long before politicians will. imho

    Same to you, I enjoyed our conversation :)
  • taitaFa... Mean Mommy 2012/07/03 12:10:33
    taitaFalcon23
    welcome to a problem as old as civilization itself...
  • Bulanov... Tinka123 2012/07/03 02:19:17
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +1
    I was going to say the same thing. The youth seem to be more into Ron Paul.
  • Tinka123 Bulanov... 2012/07/03 02:24:46
    Tinka123
    +1
    Yep, most of the young people I speak with are RP supporters hands down.
  • Bibliop... Bulanov... 2012/07/03 02:50:33
    Bibliophilic
    They're just being hipsters. RP can't win.
  • Bulanov... Bibliop... 2012/07/03 02:51:50
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    Not getting into that discussion.
  • Bibliop... Tinka123 2012/07/03 02:50:03
    Bibliophilic
    Excellent.

    obama 2012
  • Tinka123 Bibliop... 2012/07/03 02:53:57
  • Leantom... Tinka123 2012/07/03 16:19:31
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    Funny picture, but it's been doctored.
  • Tinka123 Leantom... 2012/07/03 17:39:14
    Tinka123
    And you know that how? Not being sarcastic, just curios.
  • Leantom... Tinka123 2012/07/03 18:36:30
  • Tinka123 Leantom... 2012/07/03 18:38:15
    Tinka123
    Cool, thanks :)
  • taitaFa... Tinka123 2012/07/03 12:09:14
    taitaFalcon23
    Ron Paul isn't going to be on the presidential ballot. Apparently Romney's not spinning your gears either. Choice; the bigger tent or a millionaire advising you to borrow the money from your unemployed parents to get thru your school loans
  • Tinka123 taitaFa... 2012/07/03 17:00:21
    Tinka123
    +1
    We won't know who will be on the presidential ballot for the GOP until after the convention in Tampa - that is the only certainty as of now.
  • Cyan9 Tinka123 2012/07/03 13:27:32
    Cyan9
    You clearly don't know many people under 30 then. people 30
  • Tinka123 Cyan9 2012/07/03 17:02:41
    Tinka123
    I know plenty - am under 30 myself. Can only speak to my experience.
  • Al B Th... Tinka123 2012/07/04 04:50:51
    Al B Thayer
    That's because he wants to make pot legal.
  • Tinka123 Al B Th... 2012/07/04 04:52:31
    Tinka123
    He wants to make freedom legal.
  • Næthan Æterna 2012/07/02 23:59:37 (edited)
    No
    Næthan Æterna
    +6
    I think the Youth Vote went to Ron Paul Libertarians. There are a lot of us who are awake who do NOT like what our future looks like! We are telling our friends and waking them up too!

    Ron Paul Libertarians (most anyway, well, all that I know personally) will rather see Romney in the White House than Obama. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, we need to swallow our pride and vote for the lesser of two evils this time guys (as much as I hate writing that, and it shouldn't have to come to that why choose evil at all?), get into positions of power in our local government and vote in real freedom in 2016. That'll be the year of the Libertarian.

    And God help us all if I end up being wrong. We absolutely CANNOT split the vote guys. If Johnson has enough backers, or if by some MIRACLE Ron Paul wins the RNC nomination, I will re-assess my line of thinking...For now we MUST uproot this weed we have in office or we might not have a chance in 2016.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/07/02 23:50:32 (edited)
  • Ed ★~Docto... 2012/07/03 00:44:23
    Ed
    +4
    Pffffft. Oh that's hillaryous
  • Ronzo ★~Docto... 2012/07/03 01:08:42 (edited)
    Ronzo
    +1
    Ship dit, you are and not , never was and shall never be, normal. May the peace and love of God open your closed eyes.
  • Rebel [... ★~Docto... 2012/07/03 01:34:59 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    +2
    Indeed....but which people is the question. He certainly hasn't done anything for the American people.....I'm quite sure he's for SOME nationality or grouping of people.....somewhere anyways.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/07/02 23:43:23
    No
    ConLibFraud
    +4
    Not if he is up against Ron Paul. All of the youth are for RP!
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2012/07/02 23:27:39
    Yes
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    They can be duped again.
  • Fef 2012/07/02 23:25:28
    No
    Fef
    +5
    Economics play a major role in their decision, and the unemployment rate among youth has skyrocketed. They will vote for Obama if they vote... but more youth will stay home confused and disillusioned with politics
  • Sterling 2012/07/02 23:24:27
    No
    Sterling
    +4
    Not this youth.
  • Ronzo Sterling 2012/07/03 01:19:40
    Ronzo
    +1
    Ditto friend, in September 18, 1970 I became eligible to vote, it was a great honor to be able vote for a person who I believed loved this country as much as I did and do. I'm grateful for the youth like you who can see through the smoke screen Obama has been running in all his obnoxious ridiculous tv ads. God Bless You.
  • Huki68 2012/07/02 23:18:30
    Yes
    Huki68
  • Kane Fernau 2012/07/02 23:17:00
    No
    Kane Fernau
    +3
    I think all the youngsters want to get out of Dad's basement.
  • keeper 2012/07/02 23:14:09
    No
    keeper
    +3
    A lot of disappointment from the ones who voted for him 4 years ago too. He may be sucking the hind teat with the youth because they may not even get out and vote.
  • dandieselonian 2012/07/02 23:13:58
    Yes
    dandieselonian
    +3
    Most polls show he will carry the 30 and under vote .
  • kethomas dandies... 2012/07/03 00:02:29
    kethomas
    +6
    That is because most polls are manipulated and conducted by the liberal mainstream media.
  • dandies... kethomas 2012/07/03 21:16:18
    dandieselonian
    spin doctor spin
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/07/02 23:05:48
    No
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +3
    Seems they should notice the complete lack of jobs even for new college graduates - that Hope and Change nonsense has left them without jobs and hope - now they need to change

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