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Poll: Recession Fears Eroding Obama's Popularity Among Young

Monday, 02 July 2012 01:25 PM

President Barack Obama enjoys popularity among those under 30 years of age, just like he did in the 2008 election.

The very young, however, may not be willing to support him.

Weary of coming of age in a country either mired in recession or limping out of one, Americans aged 18 to 24 may be growing fonder of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, polls show.

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In that group, Obama's lead over Romney — 12 points — is about half of what it is among 25- to 29-year-olds, according to an online survey conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics, the New York Times reports.

And among whites in the younger group, Obama’s lead vanishes altogether, the newspaper reports.

Among all 18- to 29-year-olds, 30 percent were undecided, while turnout at the polls will be lower compared to older voters.

"The concern for Obama, and the opportunity for Romney, is in the 18- to 24-year-olds who don’t have the historical or direct connection to the campaign or the movement of four years ago,” John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics, tells the Times.

“We’re also seeing that these younger members of this generation are beginning to show some more conservative traits. It doesn’t mean they are Republican. It means Republicans have an opportunity.”

High unemployment rates have become a way of life for many younger Americans.

For 18- and 19-year-olds, the unemployment rate as of May stood at 23.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For the 20-to-24 category, the rate falls to 12.9 percent, still well above the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

Other polls paint a bleak picture for the next generation.

A Gallup poll released in June finds that 60 percent of Americans feel the next generation won't enjoy the same opportunity to live better lives than their parents did.

Both older and younger Americans were largely pessimistic, with doubts arising as to whether hard work will bring about success as it did for previous generations.

The poll found that people may be less willing to work hard and get ahead knowing it may prove fruitless.

"Americans are highly ambivalent about the nation's success at meeting the promise of the American Dream. Nearly half seem to doubt that Americans have either the willingness or the opportunity to get ahead through hard work," Gallup finds.

"And perhaps as a result, they are generally dubious that the members of the next generation have the opportunity to be better off than their parents. Whether this pessimism hurts Obama's chances for re-election isn't clear, but it suggests there isn't a broad sense of optimism about American economic opportunity to help him."

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