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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
    No
    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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  • Zippcodey 2012/09/21 02:38:38
    No
    Zippcodey
    I said no, but if they do then they better read up on Hitler's Youth Corps. This is where they are headed, if Obama is elected again.

    "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."

    Did you NOTICE that New York Times, calls them A NEW "CORPS" OF VOTERS, go figure.
  • diane RN 2012/08/22 02:29:56
    No
    diane RN
    Most that I talk to thought it would be kinda cool to be part of history and elect the first black president. In the suburban areas young people are starting to FINALLY see the light. Expensive educations, student loans and no job prospects in sight....they are finding that all the liberal BS they were spoon fed in college from their government supported state union professors is coming to bite them in the butt.
  • The Patriot 2012/07/18 17:38:16
    No
    The Patriot
  • Fredrick House 2012/07/14 00:14:46
    Yes
    Fredrick House
    Brilliant! Youth is getting screwed by this Administration , yet they flock to him.
    Don't look up. Don't look Left or Right just keep repeating OBAMA IS GOOD!
    Only the Fuhrer can save you!
  • DefendnProtect 2012/07/10 10:06:48
    No
    DefendnProtect
    +1
    somebody else will get it..
  • meme14 2012/07/05 20:11:52
    Yes
    meme14
    +1
    I just cannot see young people as a group buying into the conservative mentality as a whole. If young people were to go on SH in the News and Politics section and read some of the conservative posts and some of the comments..that would scare them away for sure - so depressing..nothing but hate and doom and gloom...Most young people still have a sense of humor and are still hopeful..they would seem to me to be more progressive..conservatives seem too judgmental and regressive..I've shown my son, who is 21 and home from college, a post or two from SH..and let him see some of the hostility and the 'sky-is-falling' comments..he thought it was funny...I think it is too.
    church crazy http://images.sodahead.com/pr...
    This one reminds me of what some conservatives might look like on New Years..
    81518969147.jpeg#woo worry
  • The Duke 2012/07/05 19:09:01
    No
    The Duke
    +1
    Not at all. As has been stated several times, just on Sodahead, the young people who voted for Hope and Change have seen in the last almost 4 years that little, if anything has changed (at least not for the better).

    My son, who is no longer in the 18-35 range but who did vote for 0bama has assured me he will not do so again.
  • ART 2012/07/05 17:34:14
    Yes
    ART
    +2
    SURE, THEY ARE STILL MUSHHEADS. IF THEY ARE IN COLLEGE THEY ARE LEARNING HOW WONDERFUL BARRY IS AND HOW GREAT SOCIALISM IS. IF THE ARE NOT ATTENDING COLLEGE, THEY ARE PROBABLY STREET KIDS WHO KNOW NOTHING ALSO.
  • Annabelle Hickman 2012/07/05 15:49:29
    No
    Annabelle Hickman
    +3
    Well I at least know he can't depend on MINE.
  • Ozzyboy 2012/07/05 15:37:31
    No
    Ozzyboy
    +3
    Not the smart ones anyway.
  • clyde 2012/07/05 13:58:55
    No
    clyde
    +1
    I am basing this on my kids and their friends. Now for those young people who have been taught and bought in to the concept of a huge friendly government that is good for America, sure Obama will be popular. He can come across as friendly and he will say anything.

    As far as the campaigns stand, don't expect Obama to quit or roll over even though his record is miserable. He has a protective media that hides his incompetence and plenty of rope. The Romney campaign is raising enough money to expose the truth about America's economic condition and demonstrate his decision making ability and leadership skill. When it comes to jobs Obama will struggle to tell the truth. At the end of the day when Americans young and old decide America's future may God guide our choice for leadership into the future.
  • Groundskeeper Willy 2012/07/05 13:28:43
    No
    Groundskeeper Willy
    +1
    I know of several college students who feverished plodded for Obozo, and they switched registration in 2010, and joined the tea parties.

    Aside from the idiots in the OWS crowds there are a lot of smart kids. Many seem the coming storm of debt and want no part of it.
  • CielPhantomhive.BN-0 2012/07/05 10:49:20
    Yes
    CielPhantomhive.BN-0
    +2
    If I could vote, haha.
  • Blank Blank Blank 2012/07/05 10:36:34
  • KG Blank B... 2012/07/05 20:14:54
    KG
    As opposed to TV doing there thinking for them? Or how about the people who get their information from the internet, from multiple sources? Will they vote for the great dictator Obama?
  • Blank B... KG 2012/07/05 20:17:36
  • KG Blank B... 2012/07/05 21:16:43
    KG
    There you go with the labels..... Is that all you got? Obama has been the best for wall street. TWO bail outs, sorry "Quantitative Easing" for wall street. Remember how much went to overseas banks? Or how they were redecorating their million dollar offices. Bush had one bailout but Obama has two, and a half.

    Or how about this healthcare bill. Transfers untold billions into the hands of the richest insurance companies. How many jobs is that going to ship overseas when certain companies wont get the exemptions like McDonalds and WalMart, and are not going to be able to pay the ever rising costs.

    Its not one element of the government against us, its BOTH.
  • Blank B... KG 2012/07/06 00:39:14
  • aguster 2012/07/05 08:48:30
    No
    aguster
    +2
    What has he done for the youths ....? Oh wait...UNEMPLOYMENT and a 1.9% GDP
  • ScoutLdr 2012/07/05 07:17:01
    No
    ScoutLdr
    +2
    President Obama's political base is in disarray at this moment. We shall see if reforms by Sixth of November ,Twenty-Twelve.
  • David 2012/07/05 05:05:38
    Yes
    David
    +3
    If that age group votes in the first place.
  • Crimson 2012/07/05 05:04:35
    No
    Crimson
    +2
    yeah!......no!
    yeah  no gif
  • Mary Ann 2012/07/05 01:01:19
    No
    Mary Ann
    +1
    The youth was marching strong in Wolfeboro, NH today.....they woke up and they are not happy!
  • Of Thee I Sing... 2012/07/05 00:11:11
    No
    Of Thee I Sing...
    +1
    But maybe the Dumb ones.......
  • belle 2012/07/04 21:52:39
    No
    belle
    +1
    some grew up since 2008 and will not vote for him again.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/07/04 21:26:13
    No
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +1
    They who voted for him the first time, by now have graduated into a job market that can't use them. Now they've found out how empty his promises were!
  • Danaman117 2012/07/04 21:24:53
  • Chelsea 2012/07/04 21:23:38
    No
    Chelsea
    +1
    America’s youth vote, which turned out in record numbers in 2008 and gave a historically high percentage of their support to President Obama, has soured on him because they are having a hard time finding work and, as a result, are putting off major decisions like getting married and starting a family Obama, who won 66 percent of the 24 million voters age 18-29 in 2008, has seen that support slashed. And in a poll from Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit that seeks to engage younger voters, only 31 percent approve of Obama’s handling of youth unemployment, a number that threatens to rob him of the voter group that pushed him to victory.

    “Ironically for President Obama,” said the group’s president, Paul Conway, “the hardcore reality is that young voters are now very dissatisfied with the direction of the country and are becoming more vocal in their demands for real jobs rather than promises of more unpaid internships and unproven programs.”

    And, he added, their anger coupled with their social media savvy could be a threat to Obama. “These vocal young voters are even more digitally connected--and politically potent--for 2012 than they were in 2008,” Conway told Washington Secrets.

    But it’s not just Obama that the millennial are upset with. Some 56 percent believe the leadershi...








    America’s youth vote, which turned out in record numbers in 2008 and gave a historically high percentage of their support to President Obama, has soured on him because they are having a hard time finding work and, as a result, are putting off major decisions like getting married and starting a family Obama, who won 66 percent of the 24 million voters age 18-29 in 2008, has seen that support slashed. And in a poll from Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit that seeks to engage younger voters, only 31 percent approve of Obama’s handling of youth unemployment, a number that threatens to rob him of the voter group that pushed him to victory.

    “Ironically for President Obama,” said the group’s president, Paul Conway, “the hardcore reality is that young voters are now very dissatisfied with the direction of the country and are becoming more vocal in their demands for real jobs rather than promises of more unpaid internships and unproven programs.”

    And, he added, their anger coupled with their social media savvy could be a threat to Obama. “These vocal young voters are even more digitally connected--and politically potent--for 2012 than they were in 2008,” Conway told Washington Secrets.

    But it’s not just Obama that the millennial are upset with. Some 56 percent believe the leadership is wrong in Washington, 69 percent say political leaders do not reflect their interests, 54 percent say the country is on the wrong track and three quarters want federal spending cut.

    What the Generation Opportunity poll provided to Washington Secrets shows is that the nation’s next generation of leaders are extremely concerned about their status in a way previous generations weren’t. Consider: a whopping 77 percent say that they are delaying life changes due to economic woes. Of those:

    -- 44 percent are delaying buying a home.
    -- 28 percent are delaying saving for retirement.
    -- 23 percent are delaying starting a family.
    -- 18 percent will wait to get married.

    “The key issue for young adults is the lack of meaningful choices among full-time jobs that offer an avenue to a stable income, a real career, and the realization of dreams. Instead of genuinely listening to their concerns, they see a president and leaders in Congress who have ignored their strong objections to higher personal taxes, government interference with business, and reckless indebtedness to countries like communist China,” said Conway, former chief of staff of the Labor Department and Office of Personnel Management.
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  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/07/04 21:19:57
    No
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    I'd say not; even the youth of today can't be missing the BS he's doing, and thinking it's all right, at least not enough of them to put him over the top.
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2012/07/04 20:12:57
    No
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Unless, he can make the "tweener" vote "legal", like the illegals....
  • Nimitz 2012/07/04 19:54:27
    No
    Nimitz
    +2
    Today's 'youth' are a hell of a lot smarter, street-wise, than they were twenty years ago. They're a HELL of a lot harder to bamboozle.
  • Lord Emperor of Dune 2012/07/04 19:48:32
    Yes
    Lord Emperor of Dune
    +1
    I think he can. The problem with youth is that it tends to make people idealistic without the experience necessary to understand the way things really work. Will Obama heal the sick, feed the hungry, and make it so we all poop rainbows and cupcakes? Oh, yes. He's the leader of the world's most powerful nation. It will be too late before they understand that he can't do any of that. It won't be until their grandchildren are idealistic morons that they will say to themselves "Oh... Maybe it wasn't such a great idea to give all of our food, land, and jobs to illegal Mexicans. Who knew?"
  • sjalan 2012/07/04 19:42:34
    Yes
    sjalan
    +1
    Since the Youth vote is much more pragmatic than the contaminated adults.
  • WannaBe... sjalan 2012/07/04 20:14:43
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    "contaminated adults"

    Meaning you, perchance?
  • sjalan WannaBe... 2012/07/04 20:30:58
    sjalan
    +2
    No I mean all adults who have become set in their ways and will not address new ideas based upon their learned prejudices and associations.

    I have kept myself as open minded as I can without having to attempt to justify the conflicts I see in others and their prejudices etc.
  • WannaBe... sjalan 2012/07/04 20:47:04
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Conflicts, cognitive dissonance... interesting, is it not?
  • sjalan WannaBe... 2012/07/04 21:00:23
    sjalan
    +1
    Yes it is. To bad most people do not allow themselves to be free thinkers after they have become hard hearted and bull headed.
  • WannaBe... sjalan 2012/07/04 21:08:28
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Well, consider;

    After many years of butting one's head against a brick wall, wisdom sometimes comes to one.



    If it does not, massive scarring will occur, and no one need ever consider the opinion of such "person" to be of any worth.



    At the end of the day, another simple binary equation, imho.
  • sjalan WannaBe... 2012/07/04 21:12:55
    sjalan
    +1
    Well said.

    So now it is time for me to start cutting Turkey's, Roasts and chickens for the family.
  • James Brice 2012/07/04 19:17:21
    No
    James Brice
    +2
    If he forgives student loans, more will turn out to vote for him. But Obama always has to use lies, propaganda and underhanded stunts that are glorified by his lap-dog leftist media in order to stay ahead. He is destroying both freedom and business in this country, so if he gets voted in again, then America will get just what it deserves. I'm for splitting up the country and allowing the freedom lovers to have one side and the tyrant government lovers to have the other side. In twenty years lets see which side is successful.
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