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Obama Youth Vote 2012: Surprising Poll Finds 40 Percent of Young People Flock to Romney
PolicyMic ^ | August 17, 2012 | Maddy Matthews

Posted on 08/17/2012 7:59:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Obama, now more than ever, can’t sit comfortably. Mitt Romney now holds 40% of the youth vote in America — a cause for alarm for the Democratic incumbent, and a milestone for his Republican opponent. What accounts for this sudden shift, and how can Obama recapture his former popularity?

John Zogby of JZ Analytics reports that more citizens between the ages of 18-29 are favoring the conservative podium. He proclaims that these “CENGAS” (“college-educated, not going anywhere” folks) are noteworthy voters in the 2012 Election. The frustration of 1.5 million unemployed B.A. graduates is rising, pushing them away from Obama and towards Romney.

Four years ago, the situation was reversed. Obama’s 2008 campaign will be remembered not just because of his skin color, but also because of his massive appeal to young adults. The Hope posters, the “Change We Can Believe In” slogan, the endorsements by Hollywood icons like will.i.am — all contributed to Obama’s tenacity. More than half of Americans under 29 (66%) picked Obama over John McCain. But it’s been four years. Obama's historic campaign is becoming just that: history.

Obama’s biggest problem is our generation's disillusionment. When Shepard Fairey designed the Obama posters, he, like thousands of young adults, thought that change would come. Come quickly, that is. The previous eight years under George W. Bush’s botched financial oversight, however, squandered any possibility of rapid economic improvement. “This was not your normal recession,” Obama declared in June. “Throughout history, it has typically taken countries up to 10 years to recover from financial crises of this magnitude.” After the release of his documentary The Road We’ve Traveled, he added: “We are not going to get where we need to be if we go back to the policies that helped to create this mess.”

But even if what Obama says is true, young adults are aggravated. If teenagers are impatient, then unemployed college graduates are even more so. They see Obama as playing the blame game — at least when in terms of the economic quandary. Sure, his administration ended Osama Bin Laden, spoke up for gay rights, and won him favor abroad, but who cares? The average American college graduate still expects a job.

Indeed, Robyn Meredith, author of The Elephant and the Dragon, argues that our standards are unrealistically high. “Westerners [find] they can no longer expect to be paid ten times more than those in the developing world for the same work,” she writes. “College graduates in India are happy to land a job answering 800-number customer service calls to listen to Americans complain.”

Still, if post-college unemployment is turning young voters towards Romney, how can Obama win them back?

For now, it's time for him to stop blaming Bush's policies. That excuse is almost 48 months old. He should be truthful:focus on the Obama plan, publicize it and stick to it. Come debate time, he should emphasize things outside of the economy; it's Obama’s track on social issues that will paint him as the hero. The public’s opinion of Romney’s foreign policy is limited to his Olympics gaffe with David Cameron. It’s been said that Romneycare isn’t that radically different from Obamacare, and with the first female debate moderator in 20 years, Romney’s record on feminist issues is also up for grabs. The debates are Obama’s chance to win back the youth vote.

But for those two months before official debates begin, Obama is being a lame duck. Whilst he scrambles to better endorse the Democratic platform, more and more young people are looking to Romney and wondering, "Who is John Galt?"


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012polls; obama; polls; romney; youthvote
What Obama plan?
1 posted on 08/17/2012 7:59:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s THEIR future. If they continue to vote for the Kenyan, they’ll have to pay the fiddler some time down the road. They need to start using their heads when it comes to politics. You can’t be stupid ALL of your life. There comes a time when you have to grow up and face reality.


2 posted on 08/17/2012 8:04:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My kids all make fun of BHO....just like I did Jimmy Carter growing up! : )


3 posted on 08/17/2012 8:10:18 PM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Messiah has done it to himself. He has jacked up welfare and unemployment payments while simultaneously making decent job prospects mostly non-existent.

A new grad goes into the job market. Like the idiot touting phone mktg jobs indicates, low wage jobs are probably available BUT unemployment is also available and it pays more money!

Ergo, higher unemployment. Congrats Messiah, at least one of your plans worked.


4 posted on 08/17/2012 8:22:58 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama Youth Vote 2012: Surprising Poll Finds 40 Percent of Young People Flock to Romney

DUH! They want jobs.
They know Romney can create jobs and they know Obama can not create jobs. This is a no brainer........


5 posted on 08/17/2012 8:27:29 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is no plan except those that worked on a chalk board in liberal academia once for an hour or so with naive undergrads.

Real world trumps fantasy world. Go figure.


6 posted on 08/17/2012 8:30:50 PM PDT by One Name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The youth have woken up to the fraud of Obama but the election will still be close I think.


7 posted on 08/17/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney now holds 40% of the youth vote in America

Meaning that the Kenyan now holds 60% of the youth vote in America.

And 92% of the negro vote. And 100% of the dead vote.

8 posted on 08/17/2012 8:49:36 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ok, Romney has 40% of the kids. McCain got 34%. Are we really getting excited about this shift?

Or am I missing something.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 8:50:18 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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Obama’s biggest problem is our generation's disillusionment.

No. His biggest problem is he's not qualified to be an American, let alone President. The disillusionment is a result, not a cause.

10 posted on 08/17/2012 8:54:57 PM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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No. His biggest problem is he's not qualified to be an American, let alone President. The disillusionment is a result, not a cause.

You nailed it.

This man is unAmerican and hates, yes hates, every American. He even hates (uses) the black Americans and they don't even know it yet.

11 posted on 08/17/2012 9:00:16 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reagan got a surprisingly large chunk of the “youth vote” too.

A good sign, no doubt about it.


12 posted on 08/17/2012 9:08:22 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
they don't just WANT jobs - they NEED jobs - and not minimum wage. Those student loans are due - and the gov’t doesn't care if you have a job or not.

I wonder how many grads are now in debt up to their eyeballs, falling behind on college loans and losing their credit?

If there were still such a thing as an investigative reporter out there - it's a story that needs digging into.

13 posted on 08/17/2012 9:14:40 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the young Paul Ryan will bring in lots more youth


14 posted on 08/17/2012 9:16:31 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: Vermont Lt

Six percent of millions of people is a (to quote Clueless Joe) “Big F***ing deal” and what’s more, it’s probably higher than that. Youth unemployment is between 15 and 50%, depending on the demographic. If you haven’t had a decent job since Mr. Obama came to power, are you really inclined to vote for him? Especially if you have collection agencies breathing down your neck for that student loan money?


15 posted on 08/17/2012 9:39:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: maine-iac7

If you have a son or daughter, other relatives, friend’s kids or neighbor like that, have them shoot me a resume and I’ll see what I can do. I’ve found jobs for tens of thousands of people and we’ll work out something reasonable for my time/effort.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 9:41:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

after ryans RNC speech, we can expect the youth vote to rise closer to 60%.


17 posted on 08/17/2012 11:35:40 PM PDT by Ryan_Rubio_2016
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To: LA Woman3
My kids all make fun of BHO....just like I did Jimmy Carter growing up! : )

My son constantly comes home with jokes his classmates are telling about obama. It's both amusing and sad. They seem to be the same way we felt growing up with Carter.

18 posted on 08/18/2012 4:46:05 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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My son constantly comes home with jokes his classmates are telling about obama. It’s both amusing and sad.


Well that’s cuz they’re racist!

Just kidding, but you know that’s what Obama’s “True Believers” would say.


19 posted on 08/18/2012 4:50:00 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It’s THEIR future. If they continue to vote for the Kenyan, they’ll have to pay the fiddler some time down the road. They need to start using their heads when it comes to politics. You can’t be stupid ALL of your life. There comes a time when you have to grow up and face reality.

Yep - the youth are smart enough to know that, flaws and all, it is in their best interest to elect Romney.

20 posted on 08/18/2012 4:58:35 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Vermont Lt

You may be missing something, These polls often over sample Ds +9 so Roomney may even have more of the youth vote locked down. I’m a millennial and it disgusted me how my generation put this ass into power I knew the results of his policies would make us miserable, but I guess when you got a cool guy running everything changes.


21 posted on 08/18/2012 6:04:16 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: erod

Roomney=Romney


22 posted on 08/18/2012 6:09:19 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: Caipirabob

History does repeat itself!!


23 posted on 08/18/2012 3:00:32 PM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Just kidding, but you know that’s what Obama’s “True Believers” would say.

LOL!

The beauty of it is my son is moreno with obvious Latino heritage. He's darker than obama after 10 minutes in the sun. Gives him some immunity to the "RAAASSSSSISSSSSS!" accusations.

24 posted on 08/19/2012 8:10:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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