Dems in trouble as youth voters shed enthusiasm

The thrill is gone for many voters under age 30 who turned out in 2008 to vote for President Barack Obama by a 2-1 nationwide margin.

The thrill is gone for many voters under age 30 who turned out in 2008 to vote for President Barack Obama by a 2-1 nationwide margin. That support represented the biggest schism between young and older voters in a presidential election since exit polling began in 1972, according to the Pew Research Center in Washington.

This year, fewer than three in 10 voters under age 30 say they will definitely cast ballots in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, down from 36 percent 11 months ago, according to a poll by Harvard University.

“The generation that in 2008 proudly made the difference as caucus-goers in snowy Iowa for Sen. Barack Obama tell us less than three years later that they are so discouraged with politics that they may sit this one out,” the Harvard poll concluded.

No one expects young voters’ enthusiasm to come close to the 2008 level. That “was astronomical and it had to come back to earth,” said Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE, a research institute on youth voting.

 
 
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