Young people have bailed on Obama

Young people have bailed on Obama

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“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#1 Dec 9, 2013
The Washington Post

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Young people have bailed on Obama. Why that matters a lot.

By Sean Sullivan and Scott Clement
December 4 at 1:27 pm

One of President Obama's chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America's youth fawning over the president are over.

A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public's.

Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.

First, let's take a look at what the data show.

Only 41 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds say they approve of the job Obama is doing, according to the Harvard IOP poll, down 11 percentage points from April. Fifty-four percent say they disapprove. It's Obama's worst showing in the survey since becoming president. What's more, a majority of 18-to-24-year-olds say they would recall (!) the president if given a chance.

Other surveys have also shown steep declines in support for the president among young Americans. Obama's approval rating among 18-to-29-year-olds has dropped 23 points from the beginning of the year in Washington Post-ABC News polling, from 66 to 43 percent. Gallup's polling has shown a nearly identical decline.

What it means is that young people now view the president in largely the same light as the larger pool of all adults. Just take a look at this chart from Harvard IOP which maps Obama's approval rating among the young in their poll against his numbers among all adults according to Gallup.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#2 Dec 9, 2013
Guess they don't want to pay for my health insurance. I thought they cared about sharing the wealth. They could work two full-time jobs and go to school.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#3 Dec 9, 2013
Here are some additional ways they can pay for my insurance.

Ride a bike, they do not need a car.

Turn off utilities, buy more blankets at the dollar store.

Give up meat, eat fruit and veggies from your own garden.

Get your school books at the public library.

Turn your cell phone in, get a whistle. The democrats suggested whistles if you are in trouble.

Party less and work 2-3 jobs.

I know you can do it, it is for the cause!

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