USA Today Poll: Youth Souring on Obama

Sunday, 15 Dec 2013 09:13 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Young Americans, who have been President Barack Obama's main supporters over the years, are souring on him following this fall's botched Obamacare rollout, according to a poll that shows the president's approval rating dropping with younger adults.

A USA Today/Pew poll of 2,001 adults, including 229 adults between the ages of 18-29, or "millennials" showed people in that age group are almost evenly divided when it comes to their opinion of the president, USA Today reports.

The poll showed 45 percent of the millennials approve of how Obama is handling his job, but 46 percent disapprove. But less than a year ago, the president was enjoying a 67 percent approval rating among young adults. Now that approval rating mirrors the general population's.

The shift is a rapid change for the age group that voted Obama into office by a 2-1 margin in his campaigns against Republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain.

Several other polls in recent days mirror the USA Today survey. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll last week showed 49 percent of adults between the ages of 18-34 disapprove of the job Obama is doing, while 45 percent approve.

In addition, a Harvard Institute of Politics poll this month said Obama's approval rating among millennials is now at 41 percent, dropping 11 points from April. But 54 percent said they disapprove of Obama's performance.

The millennials' approval rating on Obamacare also mirrors that of other Americans in the USA Today/Pew poll, with 41 percent approving and 54 percent disapproving. The poll showed that Americans overall disapprove of the policy by 55 percent, but approve by only 40 percent.
Obama's declining approval ratings among young supporters may cause issues for Obamacare, whose success depends on young, healthy adults to buy in and offset higher costs for older participants.

Even those millennials approving of Obama don't feel strongly about his job performance. Twenty-two percent said they approve strongly, compared with 41 percent feeling strongly in January.

"He has good intentions but the execution and communication of the health care law came through sloppily," said Katrina Meyer, 29, of Indianapolis. "It was a little bit wearing."

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