In total, the president’s approval dropped 17 points among those under the age of 30, according to CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. Young voters and African-Americans were the two most loyal coalitions to the president in 2008 and 2012.
While Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote in 2008, he only mustered 60 percent of 18-29-year-olds last November. Romney was able to carry those swing voters, increasing the GOP share of the vote from 32 percent in 2008 to 37 percent.
Essentially, if the Democratic Party continues to lose the youth vote at this rate, the GOP has a chance to win it in 2016.
“President Obama’s approval rating with younger voters nosedived because they were the ones who most believed Obama’s hope and change campaign rhetoric. But the campaign is over and all young voters are left with is empty rhetoric, hypocrisy, and the worst kind of government overreach. Americans deserve better from their government,” a spokesman for the Republican National Committee told Red Alert Politics.
Evan Feinberg, president of the non-profit organization Generation Opportunity, attributes this significant shift among young people to the fact that they have so little economic opportunity in today’s economy.
“They don’t trust that government has their best interests at heart, and don’t believe it will make decisions that will make their lives better,” Feinberg told Red Alert Politics.
The poll also suggests that the recent revelation that the National Security Agency has been secretly reviewing the internet and phone data of ordinary Americans is responsible for the drop in Obama’s approval rating. According to the poll, Americans are split on whether the Obama administration was right or wrong in gathering and analyzing phone records for counter-terrorism purposes, while two-thirds of all Americans are in favor of the administration’s gathering of Internet data for similar purposes.
Feinberg says that this difference is probably due to lack of understanding.
“When you ask someone if they would make the password to their computer public, they would never say yes,” he commented.
ORC International conducted the telephone study of 1,014 adults nationwide on June 11-13, 2013. The margin of sampling error for results is +/- 3 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.