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    Default Only half of young Obama voters are prepared to vote for Democrats

    In case there was any doubt that the youth vote could hurt Democrats in 2014, the following two charts should just about kill it.

    The data below come from Democratic pollster Paul Harstad, who conducted a survey of young voters for the Youth Engagement Fund and Project New America. It looks in-depth at what motivates young voters -- specifically, millennials aged 18 to 31 -- to vote, and to vote Democratic.

    The first chart looks only at those young voters who cast ballots for President Obama in 2012:



    What's most notable here: Only half of young people who voted for Obama say there is even a chance that they'll vote in 2014 and that their vote would be for Democrats.

    Only 30 percent of young people who voted for Obama in 2012 say that they will "definitely" vote for a Democrat for Congress in 2014, and only another 7 percent say they will "probably" vote for Democrats. The remaining 13 percent are "iffy."

    Here's another way to look at this:



    While millennials voted for Obama 63 percent to 33 percent in 2012 -- a 30-point margin -- they are significantly less Democratic-leaning heading into the 2014 election.

    These numbers actually look a lot like they did four years ago. While young voters favored Obama by 34 points in 2008, they tilted in Democrats' favor by just 16 points in 2010 -- about half the margin. This poll suggests Obama's margin will drop from 30 points in 2012 to around 15 points in 2014 -- again, about half the margin.

    A repeat of 2010, of course, is not quite what Democrats are hoping for this year.

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    The only time the youth vote did not go to the dems in my life was when Johnson was getting everyone drafted and killed in Vietnam. Then he stepped aside and lots of them voted for Nixon who just kept getting everyone killed and drafted. Now they make most of the worlds sneakers there.
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    The youth vote, much like the minority vote, tends to not turn out in midterms. For whatever reason, they only care about the presidential election.

    Young people tend to be more liberal and get more conservative as they age, as well, so it shouldn't be completely surprising to see those numbers slowly change over time for anyone that voted in their youth. Usually the first time they get a significant paycheck at their first job, they realize how much tax is taken out and they start to think: "hey...maybe those guys had a point...."
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    If I remember correctly from my history books, only once in Presidential history has the party controlling the White House NOT had a mid-term election defeat during the President's second term.

    I actually would NOT be happy if the Republicans took control of the Senate. I am not sure which side of the aisle is filled with the larger quotient of morons, and I like the fact that they can't get much done due to the split houses, as most of their ideas that they do agree on are idiotic and do the country harm.
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    How about getting rid of all the politicians in office and start over again?
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    Was talking to a State Department guy yesterday, a forty year veteran of it, and I was lamenting the hypocrisy and sometimes bald faced lying of the United States government, and his response was:

    "Democrat, Republican, it doesn't matter, they all don't know what they are doing, it's all political, and it isn't going to change."

    Was a very sobering conversation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    How about getting rid of all the politicians in office and start over again?
    Wouldn't we just eventually end up in this position again?
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