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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Desti... DestinyHLewis

Yep, and a whole host of people who bought into that "HOPE and Change" bologna.

nonmember avatar Guest

Someone who turns 18 this year will be eligible to vote for the first time. Should they vote for the party who put them in enough debt to cover half of the cost of a house?

dreab... dreabug23

I seem to recall quite a few people who bought into W's "Compassionate Conservative" BS.

zandh... zandhmom2

It's not just young people who no longer believe in his "hope & change".  I have atleast more than half of the people in my family who voted for him the first time who are not doing it again this time.

LKRachel LKRachel

He talked a good game on the way in, and didn't deliver.  He can talk all he wants this time, but what has he accomplished? (and coming into office with a democratic supermajority in congress too!)

bills... billsfan1104

My cousin is one of his voters, but will still vote for him. Thats because she is one of those voters that will go with the cool thing to do.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

My aunt and uncle who are pretty darn liberal, always have been and even worked on Obama's campaign in TX, argued with those of us in the family who thought he was a poor choice even then, have done a 180*. That says a LOT to me. I cracked up the other day when she said you couldn't pay her to vote for him again. 

Momma... Momma2blessed

He lost their enthusiasm because he turned his back on his base and compromised too much too fast with the republicans in congress. As a result, initiatives were watered down to the point of being ineffective.

But because the republican option is worse... he will still get most people to cast their vote for him again but not in huge numbers as before.

copgi... copgirl112

All the young voters are voting for Dr.Paul. If you ever have been to one of his speeches. Almost 90% of his voters are in there mid-twenties.


I don't know one single person in my "real" life who got duped and voted for him the first time, is going to vote for him again. Not a single one. Fool me once shame on you......My mother has NEVER voted republican in her entire life but she is this time. It knocks me over. She's 77. What does that tell you?

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