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Poll: Young People Abandoning Obama over Obamacare

Also disapprove of his foreign, fiscal policies.

10:33 AM, Dec 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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A new poll from Harvard University's Institute of Politics shows young people increasingly cooling to President Obama and his signature domestic achivement, Obamacare. Fifty-four percent of young people (ages 18 to 29) disapprove of the job Obama is doing. A total of 47 percent of young people, including 52 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 24, say they would choose to recall Obama if they could.

Obamacare is undoubtedly a major force in this change among so-called Millennials (61 percent say they disapprove of his handling of health care). The poll found that 57 percent of young people disapprove of Obamacare, with just 38 percent approving of the law. The numbers were not signficantly different when those polled were asked how they felt about the "Affordable Care Act" as opposed to "Obamacare." A plurality said the law would make their health care worse (44 percent for "Obamacare" and 40 percent for the "Affordable Care Act") while a majority (51 percent for "Obamacare" and 50 percent for the "Affordable Care Act") said they believed the amount they would pay for health care under the law would increase.

As Ron Fournier at National Journal points out, younger Millennials (those under the age of 25) are in particular turning against Obama:

Obama's approval rating among young Americans is just 41 percent, down 11 points from a year ago, and now tracking with all adults. While 55 percent said they voted for Obama in 2012, only 46 percent said they would do so again.

When asked if they could choose to recall various elected officials, 45 percent of all Millennials said they would oust their member of Congress, 52 percent replied "all members of Congress," and 47 percent said they would recall Obama. The recall-Obama figure was even higher among the youngest Millennials, ages 18-24, at 52 percent.

While there is no provision for a public recall of U.S. presidents, the poll question revealed just how far Obama has fallen in the eyes of young Americans.

Young people also disapprove of Obama's record on other key issues, from Iran (56 percent disapproval) to the economy (61 percent) to the federal budget deficit (66 percent).

Harvard's poll found that the Democratic party is losing its hold among young people, particularly that 18-24 cohort, with just 31 percent of that group identifying with the Democrats. Thirty-eight percent of older Millennials, from age 25 to 29, identify as Democrats. Republicans aren't faring great with young people, however. Just 22 percent of people age 25 to 29, and 25 percent of people from age 18 to 24, identify with the GOP.

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