Skip to comments.Walter Russell Mead: Millennials Turning Away from Obama
Posted on 04/21/2012 4:17:21 PM PDT by neverdem
One of the biggest political stories of 2008 was the rise of the Millennials as an electoral force. As Obamamania swept the nation, college students across the country abandoned their usual political apathy and volunteered for the Obama campaign in droves, canvassing, phone banking and harnessing the power of social media. This youth enthusiasm paid dividends for the Obama campaign, and was reflected in the vote totals: Obama beat McCain among 18-24 year-olds by a whopping 34 percent, winning 66 percent of the vote.
That excitement is gone. A new Public Religion Research poll shows that while Obama still leads in the 18 to 24 age group, his lead has fallen dramatically to 7 percent. And those who still support him are less enthusiastic; Politico recently discussed the tepid support for Obama on college campuses, where few students are still interested in issues like the Iraq War, which dominated the discussion in 2008. The army of student volunteers that propelled Obama in 2008 is unlikely to materialize this time around.
The Obama camp may be alarmed by these results, but it shouldnt be surprised. This is an Administration that has been focused on protecting the status quo. Here, as in Europe, the reigning blue system taxes and marginalizes the young to support the privileges of the established. As the economic downturn grinds on, issues like the Iraq War have been replaced with concerns about the economy. Obamas policies have done little to help Millennials navigate the new economic conditions, and they are beginning to notice.
Via Meadia would love to see genuine competition for the youth vote. America is failing the rising generation, and it would be good to see both Republicans and Democrats thinking hard about how to make this a more future-oriented, pro-opportunity country. Unfortunately, weve heard very little talk along these lines in this election so far. This is a shame. Todays youth should be demanding more from their politicians.
The job situation for them stinks plus maybe they are forced to live at home due to this. Leaving them and their parents unhappy. Plus maybe they got a useless degree and lots of debt
Were white punks on Hope
Mom & Dad moved to Hollywood
Hang myself when I get enough rope
Cant clean up, though I know I should
Maybe millenials suspect Obam is a fascist. Maybe they could read.
Sitting in their underwear in mom & dad’s basement, drinking Near Beer and watching porn is so traumatic for them. They’re just wasting those valuable and timely african history or womyn’s studies degrees, by the thousands. Oh, woe is them.
Obama will start talking more about "unfair" college loans, and will imply that he will (if re-elected) erase everyone's college loan debt.
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Gen Twit can’t stop twitting to vote!
Thanks for the link.
Thanks for the links.
Obama 70% - Unmarried women
Obama 56% - Overall women
Obama 49% - Men
None of obamas base groups support him At 2008 levels.
I don’t see how anyone can construct a win for him.
Thanks for posting that BenLurkin. Mrs. RQSR, and myself got one “H” of a laugh out of the small print, and that kids expression. Too funny.
mmm mmm mmm Barack Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm
Millennials are the new racists..
Of course, Republicans won 60 percent of the white vote in 2010, probably the highest share of that vote for Congress won by either party since 1822 (assuming an almost entirely white electorate pre-1952). More importantly for our purposes, whites made up 78 percent of the electorate in that year, in excess of Abramowitzs 76 percent ceiling...The Generic Ballot Bomb
This isn't the first story about Millennials bailing on Obama either.
Third party. Christie Todd Whitman’s group. 0 could win with less than 40% of the vote.
All the young people I know LOVE Ron Paul.