Skip to comments.Young Voters Are Abandoning Obama-But Not Running to Romney (Explains empty seats at Ohio State)
Posted on 05/06/2012 10:31:11 AM PDT by kristinn
It's no surprise President Barack Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign on two college campuses on Saturday. You're supposed to apply pressure at the site of bleeding. And the president's support among young voters is bleeding away.
Though their elders vote at higher rates, the Millennial generation, aged 18 to 29, represented almost one in six votes in the 2008 presidential election. And they voted for Obama over Senator John McCain by a two-to-one margin.
While others in the media are focused on the upward trend in the president's approval ratings over the last four months in this age group, as shown in the latest Survey of Young Americans' Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service from Harvard University's Institute of Politics, there are troubling signs for the campaigns and the country embedded more deeply in the numbers.
In terms of policies and priorities, the group appears more right-of-center than imagined. Almost four in ten believe cutting taxes is key to growth. Just 19 percent think government spending is the answer. And those who believe health insurance is a right dropped from 61 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2012.
The top ten issues ranked in importance for this cohort were: creating jobs, reducing the deficit, lowering the tax burden for all, becoming energy independent, ensuring affordable access to health care, creating a world-class education system, addressing Social Security, preventing the spread of terrorism, protecting individual liberties from government, and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Combating the impacts of climate change fell near the bottom of the list.
Surprisingly, little support is expressed by 18-to-24 year olds for the Occupy Wall Street protests, at 19 percent. (A plurality of 42 percent are unsure.)
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This explains the thousands of empty seats at Ohio State for Obama's reelect kickoff.
Axelrod's strategy of focusing on college loan interest rates is a diversion from the uncertain future of new college grads. Most folks understand you have to have a job to be able to repay a loan at any interest rate.
College kids like Ron Paul. He promises them legal marijuana.
How do you pick a winner out of 2 losers?
Imagine how internally stressed barry must be KNOWING he’s a fraud and could possibly be outed as such?
You know it’s in his head, sitting next to Sarah.
Better the little snots stay home and sleep like they normally do. We can see how mucked up things got when they did turn out.
Personally, I’d like to see “the young” who don’t pay taxes stay away from the voting booth. They aren’t old enough to make such an important decision as to who runs America and the government. These days, those who spend time on a college campus should not vote. Most of them are confused and have been brainwashed and indoctrinated by Marxists/communists. They should be required to grow up before they are allowed to vote.
Campers chased by a bear need only outrun the other campers.
Likewise, Romney need not win their votes, he need only get more votes than the Obama.
To wit: I don’t necessarily want these students to vote for Romney, I only want them to not vote for the Obama.
Until Bishop Willard offers more than being merely a Caucasian Obama, he will just attract flies.
That pesky constitution getting in the way again? Huh? I like the constitution the way it is worts and all. I think your desire to change the constitution may just happen, but you may not like the results. You and Obama seem to be in agreement that the constitution needs to be changed.....SCARY!!!
well hell i’m not running to romney either. looks like another voting against instead of voting for election.
Eventually we are going to have to reconsider the concept of universal suffrage. I realize we are nowhere near ready for such a debate - perhaps not in our lifetimes. At some point societies are going to have to figure out a way to prevent dependent people, who produce little to nothing, from trotting off to the polls to vote themselves more freebies. If modern nations have collectively decided government is responsible for providing a social safety net, the only way to prevent that from spinning out of control is to ensure that those paying the taxes determine just how much government charity they wish to provide. The left would fight this tooth and nail though because it is through these dependent voters that they gain and retain power, so this type of system will only grow out of a massive societal collapse.
Well said. And that’s the way I feel about it. Another reply to my post by another “freeper” on this thread is just ignorant and FOS. It’s not about the Constitution. It’s about voter fraud and freeloaders voting themselves “free stuff”.
After the ‘08 election, high schoolers thought things were going to be great with all the free pot they were going to get.
Now, the sentiment may be, I won’t vote so it is not my fault.
You realize we have amended the constitution many times right? Sometimes it's worked out well, other times not so.
No constitution is perfect. Ours certainly isn't. The founding fathers were not Gods. We have a decent, but far from perfect system. If the founding fathers could have peered into the future and seen where we are today, I am quite sure they'd have written some (perhaps many) things differently.
Empty seats for an empty suit spouting empty rhetoric. Appropriate.
They're trying to re-create the 60's success they had with kids. Don't think it's going to work.
Hannity shouted down a college-aged anarchist the other day on his show pretty effectively. Back in the day the kid could perhaps have been a cult figure.
Looks like there is an opening for Gary Johnson and the Libertarians. If they aren’t crazy about either Obama or Romney, maybe they’ll go for a party that’s for pot and for abortion.
“Better the little snots stay home and sleep like they normally do”
Exactly. These young brainless morons ruined the country for the past 4 years. My business partner and I try our best to weed out the liberals for the past 3 hiring sessions as we do not want any part of them. Let them eat their hopeychangey cake and choke on it..
There is only One power who can affect the future of the world, and I think He is finished with this corrupt and wayward world. But maybe I am wrong. Maybe there enough of us to manifest Him among His beloved people who have strayed too far far from Him. If we pray without ceasing; if we allow His love to issue forth through each of us who love Him; and if miracles still happen in these darkest of days ; if the lost ones will repent and turn from their wicked ways, perhaps then our Glorious God will choose to give us one more chance.