How Obama Won (and Lost) The Youth Vote

While young voters overwhelmingly (60%) supported President Obama in the 2012 election, support for the president among 18- to 29-year-olds dropped 11 percentage points from 2008.  According to Generation Opportunity, the youth defection from the president stems from their differing views on issues - "like unemployment, job creation, taxes and regulation" - and their "disillusionment over the economy and big government." There was general agreement among the liberal press that fewer young people would vote in 2012, but those "experts" were wrong: Actually, young voter turnout increased from 18% in 2008 to 19% this year (so much for those who said young people were uninterested in the election), but the president's margin of victory with this segment of voters decreased from 34 points to 23 points in 2012. The data analysis of the youth vote by the Pew Foundation is very revealing.  Support for the president declined nine points among all young men and 11 percentage points...(Read Full Article)

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