One of the many frustrating aspects of the political scene is that most young people have been voting for Democrats, even as the Democrats sell them down the river, mortgaging their future to pay off today’s constituencies. By the time our children are stuck with the bill, with interest, liberals like Anthony Weiner, Barney Frank and Barack Obama will be long gone.
But these poll data suggest that some youngsters who voted for Obama in 2008 may be sadder but wiser today:
A new poll found that a majority of younger voters disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy.
Well, so do we all. But there is more.
Young people made up about 18 percent of the electorate in 2008, and Obama won this age bracket by 34 percentage points. The president will be hard-pressed to do that again in 2012.
Forty-four percent of respondents disapprove of the president’s handling of youth unemployment while only 31 percent approved….
Unemployment among young people, including college graduates, is stratospheric.
Seventy-seven percent of poll respondents are delaying major life changes due to economic restraints while 27 percent said that they were delaying going back to school or entering professional training programs.
In many instances, “delaying major life changes due to economic restraints” means not moving out of Dad’s basement. Today’s younger generation may or may not have a future; that’s the bad news. The good news is that most of them realize that, and a large percentage understand that economic growth of the sort that can only come from a vibrant free market is their only hope.