Younger Voters Turn Against GOP
What do Karl Rove and George W. Bush have to show for their multi-million dollar effort to capture the youth vote as a critical bloc in Rove's grand plans for a GOP realignment that would last decades?
Nada. According to a new poll for the New York Times, CBS News, and MTV the 17-29 year olds lean Democratic.
Sixty-two percent of the 17-29 year olds support a single-payor health care system, while 47% of the general electorate does.
Seventy-seven percent of them plan to register to vote for next year, and by a 45%-25% margin they plan to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus rather than Republican. As for their actual vote for president, by a 54%-32% margin this age group plans to vote for the Democratic candidate.
Overall, 38% have a favorable view of the Republican Party, but 55% of them do not. Their feelings about the Democratic Party are inverse: 58% favorable, 36% unfavorable. 52% of them say the Democratic Party comes closest to sharing their moral values, while only 36% of them say the Republican Party does.
And the only presidential candidate among this group who has a better than 2-1 margin between favorable and unfavorable views is Barack Obama: 41% of 17-29 year olds view Obama favorably while only 19% view him unfavorably.