Romney found to have over 40 percent of the youth vote
Romney is only Republican in the primaries to score among 18-29 year olds
For some, it came as a surprise - but to others, the results were not
surprising at all. According to a recent poll, Republican Presidential
nominee Mitt Romney has won the support of over 40 percent of America's
youth vote. These findings come as bad news for President Obama, a
troubling sign for President Obama, who built his 2008 victory with the
support of younger, idealistic voters.
Obama's promises for a better future for young Americans has grown red with rust with disillusionment and unemployment.
"This is the first time I am seeing Romney's numbers this high among 18-29 year olds," Zogby says. "This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get."
It must be noted that many younger voters and students flooded into Ashland, Virginia, over the weekend to see Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.
Zogby has been closely following the youth vote this election. In 2008, 66 percent chose Obama over Sen. John McCain, which was the highest percentage for a Democrat in three decades. Obama's promises for a better future for young Americans, however, grew red with rust with disillusionment and unemployment.
Zogby defines these young voters as "CENGAs" for "college-educated, not going anywhere."
In the most recent poll, Obama received just 49 percent of the youth vote when pitted against Romney, who received 41 percent. In another question, the independent candidacy of Gary Johnson is included; Obama won 50 percent, Romney 38 percent and Johnson 5 percent.
Removing Johnson from the equation in the past has seen a surge in support for Obama, but the numbers for Romney--and undecideds have since increased.
Zogby speculates that Romney's selection of 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan helped turn younger voters to him. "It could be his youthfulness," Zogby said of Ryan. Younger voters are becoming libertarian, distrustful of current elected officials and worried that they are going to get stuck with the nation's looming fiscal bill.
"They want change," Zogby says.
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