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Poll: Millennials Leaving Democratic Party, Less Likely to Vote in Midterms
Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Daniel Doherty

Posted on 04/29/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT by Kaslin

Is it really true that young progressives are leaving the Democratic Party and joining the ranks of the GOP? In a sense, yes, according to a newly published survey conducted by the Harvard University Institute of Politics, but that rightward shift isn’t as significant as one might hope.

The Washington Examiner puts things into perspective:

It found that [the] youngest sector of the group, those 18-24, are becoming less Democratic and more Republican. In 2010, 38 percent called themselves Democrats. That has dropped to 35 percent. And those identifying as Republicans has edged up from 23 percent to 25 percent.

These statistics aren’t meaningless, of course, but are they earth-shattering? No. Far more interesting, I think, is the fact that the nation’s youngest voting bloc is politically disengaged, and unlikely to turn out in droves in 2014. From the actual survey:

Less than one-in-four (23%) young Americans under the age of 30 say that they will “definitely be voting” in the fall, a sharp decrease of 11 percentage points since November 2013 IOP polling (34%) and eight percentage points lower than seen during a similar time period prior to the 2010 midterm elections (31%: Feb. 2010). In addition, traditional Republican constituencies seem to be showing more enthusiasm than Democratic ones for participating in the upcoming midterm elections and are statistically more likely to say they will “definitely be voting.” For example, 44 percent of those who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 say they will “definitely be voting,” a statistically significant difference compared to the 35 percent of 2012 Barack Obama voters who say the same. Additionally, self-identified conservatives (32%) are 10 points more likely to vote than liberals (22%); men (28%) are 9 points more likely to vote than women (19%); and young Whites (27%) are more likely to vote than African Americans (19%) and Hispanics (19%).

So while young Americans overall are less inclined to cast ballots in 2014 for obvious reasons, Republican-leaning constituencies are very much fired up. That's significant. We’ve written extensively about how important the millennial vote can and will be in future election cycles. Thus, if millennials stay home in November, this could spell electoral doom for many incumbent Democrats, many of whom traditionally court young voters to help them win re-election.

It’s also worth pointing out that while the president’s job approval rating has risen markedly since the survey was last conducted, it is largely African-Americans and Hispanics who are keeping his numbers afloat. For example, white millennials have all but abandoned him, or so it seems:

President Obama’s job approval rating has improved six-percentage points since fall 2013 IOP polling, going from a previous low-water mark of 41 percent five months ago to 47 percent today. Since November, the president has seen steady gains across most of the major 18- to 29- year-old subgroups analyzed, although in most every case his job approval rating remained below 50 percent – including on his handling of health care (39%: April 2014; 34%: Nov. 2013). President Obama’s approval rating is buoyed by the steady support of the African American community (83% approve) and the solid support of a volatile (i.e., nine-point swing in one year, 21-point swing in five years) Hispanic community (60%); among Whites between 18- and 29- years-old, the president’s approval rating is 33 percent. Compared to the first IOP poll conducted during the 2010 midterm election cycle, the president’s approval rating during this midterm cycle is down nine percentage points overall, down 12 points among young Whites and nine points among young Hispanics and Latinos – however, among African American voters there has been no change in approval over the same period.

Even if President Obama’s core young constituencies give him positive marks overall, what good will they do for the party if they stay home in November? Not a whole lot, obviously. Unfortunately for Democrats, however, that's a real possibility.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; election2014; election2016

1 posted on 04/29/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The only excited and motivated voters are the conservative ones who have a distaste for RINO’s. The rest are demoralized or indifferent.

In a recent special election in my area, less than 20 percent turnout with 48 percent going to the Tea Party write-in, 27 percent to the GOP candidate who was a RINO, 25 percent to the Democrat.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 2:37:02 PM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Kaslin

No problem.

They’ll be replaced by illegals.

When our demographics change enough, there will be U.S. polling places in Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, etc.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 2:38:41 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Kaslin

time to Bring Out The Dead!


4 posted on 04/29/2014 2:44:11 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Kaslin

2014 Midterms in a nutshell. The Angry Vote always wins!


5 posted on 04/29/2014 2:44:57 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Kaslin

They have seen the ‘fruits’ of their support for Obama........................


6 posted on 04/29/2014 2:46:48 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Kaslin

So more don’t like either party than do. Just shows that millennials are not as stupid as people would have you believe.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 2:48:24 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think they are going Republican, they are simply through with voting now that Obama magic mouth has done nothing to change things, which was what they assumed what happen.

They elected him, showed the world they are cool, and now it’s over.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 2:50:58 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Kaslin
One election isn't going to turn the tide, even if it is a blowout for Republicans.

As long as our culture is rotting, election victories are futile.

9 posted on 04/29/2014 2:51:30 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Kaslin

in 2008,what percentage of college students were either incompetent or had an IQ under 50? who in their right mind votes for a presidential candidate who obviously wanted to collapse the economy?


10 posted on 04/29/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

According to Reason magazine, libertarian millennials voted for Barack Obama.

“Young Libertarians Voted For Obama”
Emily Ekins|Dec. 11, 2012


11 posted on 04/29/2014 2:56:52 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: fwdude

We can and probably will win the midterms but I think we’re done winning the presidency without taking a long hard look at reality and correcting some things.

The GOP is busy kicking conservatives in the teeth and conservatives are busy kicking libertarians in the teeth. There’s simply no hope of winning like that.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 3:02:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

Too bad these morons have already screwed this country badly with there previous voting.


13 posted on 04/29/2014 3:04:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Steely Tom

“They’ll be replaced by illegals.”

For her entire life, my grandmother was a staunch Republican. But since she died she’s voted the straight Democratic ticket.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 3:05:51 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: BenLurkin

odds are these babies will have more important things to do on election night.just like the 20% of the lazy uneducated voters who dont have time to stand in line to vote being they will be pre-occupied with all of their “Free Stuff”.


15 posted on 04/29/2014 3:07:28 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: BenLurkin

there should be their


16 posted on 04/29/2014 3:14:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

If Republicans would get some conservative backbone, they would win it all, but they are browbeaten by the baby killers, amnesty pimps, Obamacaring frauds, globalist warmers and aggrieved minorities, all the people who will never vote for them.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 3:21:29 PM PDT by pallis
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