Monday, July 02, 2012

 

Stung by Recession, Young Voters Shed Image as Obama Brigade


Polls show that Americans under 30 are still inclined to support Mr. Obama by a wide margin. But the president may face a particular challenge among voters ages 18 to 24. In that group, his lead over Mitt Romney — 12 points — is about half of what it is among 25- to 29-year-olds, according to an online survey this spring by the Harvard Institute of Politics.  And among whites in the younger group, Mr. Obama’s lead vanishes altogether.
Among all 18- to 29-year-olds, the poll found a high level of undecided voters; 30 percent indicated that they had not yet made up their mind. And turnout among this group is expected to be significantly lower than for older voters.
I was talking to one of the lifeguards at the pool in our subdivision.  She was lamenting that she felt lucky to have a summer job at all.  She is going into her senior year at ISU.  Her friend who goes to the local community college, living locally full time could only find a job as a nanny for $60/week.  I didn't push it but I got the impression that the economy was her first concern given she would be in the job market in a year.  

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