Despite an overall decrease in enthusiasm for President Barack Obama among young people, young people still have his back, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Conducted by the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, the poll surveyed 600 18-29 year-olds, and the results showed that 50 percent of the college-aged vote prefers President Obama to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s 37 percent.
But among male, likely registered voters, President Obama is in a dead heat with Romney, as each garnered 42 percent of that vote.
However, President Obama is doing much better among female voters, earning 57 percent to Romney’s 32 percent.
That figure plays slightly better with Republicans, who only earned 29 percent of the vote with 2008 Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) versus President Obama’s 68 percent, according to exit polls.
The president is also doing better with younger voters than he is doing nationally with any other age group.
Despite the huge advantage with young people, the Obama campaign has reason to be nervous about the lower levels of enthusiasm from younger groups of voters because their turnout was crucial to the 2008 presidential election victory for President Obama.
One of the top issues for millennials today is the need for jobs, and young people also have some of the highest unemployment statistics, which is driving a lot of the reasons young people are no longer enchanted with President Obama.