More College Students Trusted Bush to do the Right Thing… than Obama

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Lost in the noise of social media outreach and the barrage of youth oriented celebs pledging their allegiance to The One is that Obama isn’t doing all that well with the group of young people most likely to support him.

College students.

Obama is now below where Bush was in 2006 and the latter had been subjected to a sustained media assault for years while the formers has been slobbery on so much by the media that there’s a path of drool through the room at every press conference.

The usual liberal explanations are given in the article and they don’t pan out. Stressing volunteerism. The NSA. Millennials want to use “technology” to help people, but that’s a broad generalization.

Millennials despise partisanship and gridlock, according to a wide variety of polls, and they have little patience for the inefficiencies of a sprawling bureaucracy built for 20th-century needs.

But who likes partisanship, bureaucracy and gridlock? Besides Obama. That’s hardly a unique generational trait.

It would be more accurate to say that political cynicism is a national trend and millennials have the least emotional investment in the system. They can opt out more easily than lifelong Democrats or Republicans.

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds low expected participation for the midterm elections as less than one-in-four (23%) young Americans say they will “definitely be voting” in November, a sharp drop of 11 percentage points from five months ago (34%). Among the most likely voters, the poll also finds traditional Republican constituencies showing more enthusiasm than Democratic ones for participating in the upcoming midterms, with 44 percent of 2012 Mitt Romney voters saying they will definitely be voting – a statistically significant difference compared to the 35 percent of 2012 Barack Obama voters saying the same.

That’s bad news for Obama, but it also helps explain the poll numbers. Republicans remain engaged. Democrats are tuning out of a lame duck White House whose shrillness is becoming boring and a little embarrassing.

Obama’s sales tactics have worked, but like Wal-Mart, he’s turned off too many people for every sale he’s made.

While his overall approval rating is up to 47, among white millenials it’s at 33 percent. And this is a poll whose makeup is Democrats by 10 percent over Republicans.

  • Dutch Renitent

    Interesting poll numbers but what do you make of these numbers? Bill Kristol: “Republicans seem likely to win in 2014 and to lose in 2016.”

  • cxt

    Very interesting observations.
    I always though it a little weird about how few people pointed out the serious drop in votes Obama got between 2008 and the last election.
    If I recall correctly, in 2008 starry eyed and hopeful college kids turned out in droves to vote for “hope and change”–but those self-same people–now either out of college or getting ready to graduate and with more “real world” concerns failed to show up in the same numbers to vote for their former “hero.”
    They had to be replaced with a whole new crop of starry eyed and hopeful college kids.

    Plus its also kind of funny to see how much Obama and the hated/feared/despised Bush now have in common. When you spend all of your first term blaming the guy that had the job before you–to end up roughly equal to him in any regard must really sting.

    • Tommy Maq

      Have you never seen the libertarian Red Pill?

      WARNING: You can’t untake it…

      Name one policy of Obama’s which is different than Bush II.

  • Lanna

    I know Many college students are ticked off about the spying on their black berries and cell phones, they also believe Bush was a humble leader who wasn’t arrogant and drawing attention to himself all the time…or on numerous costly vacations with entourages of 100s of people getting a vacation on the Tax payers Dimes.