Poll: Young People Abandoning Obama over Obamacare
Also disapprove of his foreign, fiscal policies.
10:33 AM, Dec 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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:
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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