By Carole on Sep 3, 2010
Call it buyer's remorse or just growing up fast in the economically painful Age of Obama. Fewer young voters are identifying themselves now as Democrats than just 2 years ago. While college students and young Americans new to the work force played a large part in the election of President Barack Obama, their attachment to the Democratic Party has weakened considerably since he took office.
Young voters, including those who "lean" to a party, favored the Democratic Party over the GOP by 32 points (62% - 30%) in 2008 but that margin had shrunk to just 14 points (54% - 40%) by the end of 2009. (source)
The numbers aren't in yet for 2010 but recent reporting by the New York Times has revealed that although many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18-29 year olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008. (source)
The old adage that if you are not a liberal when you are young you have no heart but if you are not a conservative when you are older you have no mind still holds true. But it remains to be seen whether the so-called millennial generation will make the same mistake twice and vote for candidates who support the failing Obama agenda or if they have gained enough wisdom to make a better choice this time around.
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