Thursday, February 16, 2012

Another Key Bloc Abandons Obama

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The way things are going, the only people left who will vote for Obama is newspaper writers, self-hating Jews and welfare recipients (although that is a rapidly increasing bloc).

Obama loses another key constituency:
America’s youth vote, which turned out in record numbers in 2008 and gave a historically high percentage of their support to President Obama, has soured on him because they are having a hard time finding work and, as a result, are putting off major decisions like getting married and starting a family

Obama, who won 66 percent of the 24 million voters age 18-29 in 2008, has seen that support slashed. And in a new poll from Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit that seeks to engage younger voters, only 31 percent approve of Obama’s handling of youth unemployment, a number that threatens to rob him of the voter group that pushed him to victory.

“Ironically for President Obama,” said the group’s president, Paul Conway, “the hardcore reality is that young voters are now very dissatisfied with the direction of the country and are becoming more vocal in their demands for real jobs rather than promises of more unpaid internships and unproven programs.”

And, he added, their anger coupled with their social media savvy could be a threat to Obama. “These vocal young voters are even more digitally connected--and politically potent--for 2012 than they were in 2008,” Conway told Washington Secrets.
He ain't winning in November without this crucial demographic. Not that I for one minute think they will automatically vote for the GOP candidate but these are people who have not had the luxury of being young, naive and liberal their first years out of school. These are people who either couldn't go to college because their parents were laid off and can't afford it, did go to college and can't find a job while lugging around the albatross of student loan debt or people who have seen friends and family suffer through the Obama years.

If the GOP candidate can tap into the despair, hopelessness and outright fear these kids are feeling, he'd win 57% of the vote. Santorum needs to quit harping on social issues and go on a steady offensive calling out Obama on his failure with this particular demographic. If someone asks about gay marriage or abortion, redirect the discussion to the lost generation who Obama has failed with his policies. It'll be a winner.

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