No Surprise Obama’s Young Voters Are Deserting Him

obamaPresident Obama may have lost some of his hip-guy, cool-guy status over the last four years because according to a new poll, less than half of young voters, aged 18-24, want Obama to win the election. Furthermore, he's only leading the Republican candidate by 7 percentage points (at the time of polling, they didn't specify who the said GOP candidate would be); back in 2008, he led McCain by a 34-point margin. Simply put, Obama is losing the kids. Even though the youngsters don't add up to a big percentage of those who vote, it's still not necessarily a demographic a candidate wants, or can afford, to lose. So, hmm. Why do you think the kiddos are so P.O.'d?

Jobs, probs.

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If I were a young adult who couldn't get work, I'd be looking for a new leader, too. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for college grads (let alone the non higher-educated masses) who've moved back in with their parents, who are sleeping in their old bedroom, staring at their Dispatch posters, waiting to hear back from one of the four billion jobs they applied to.

According to some sources, 54 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds are unemployed. When numbers like that are brought to light, it's really no surprise that Obama's losing the young vote.

Is this a sign that Obama's path to re-election will be a little tougher than anticipated? I'd say so. In 2008, back when I was in the young-voters group, it was all about change! and newness! and woo! Obama's so cool! Now that the dust has settled, now that there are millions who are jobless and millions who are a little jaded when it comes to the real possibility of making a difference, it's going to be harder for Obama to get loud, boisterous, invigorated support from kids. There's only so much Dispatch poster-staring one can do until permanent depression sets in.

Do you think that Obama should be worried about losing the youth vote?

 

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