The Youth has lost that Luvin’ Feeling …
A question to the youth of America that supported and campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 … Hows that “Hopey, Changey” stuff working out for ya? In 2008 the youth of America blindly followed the promises, rhetoric and bumper sticker slogans of Obama propelling him into office and actually believing that “we are the ones that we have been waiting for.”
From 2008 to present day, the American youth has learned an inconvenient truth, Obama’s promise of hope, change and jobs was BS. They were repaid for their actions with no jobs. Talk about a buzz kill for any Obama reelection effort. The youth will most likely stay home when it comes to Obama’s reelection and on election day. Presently, only 55% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have jobs. As stated by Weasel Zippers, the economic train wreck rolls on.
In 2008, the youth vote helped sweep Barack Obama into office. Americans 18-29 spread the word on social media, energized fundraising and went to the polls.
In 2012, the youth vote is moving on and throwing those omnipresent “Hope” bumper stickers and t-shirts in garbage bins.
Not because of apathy. Not because another candidate generates more enthusiasm. Not because of his character. Not because they think voting is pointless. The 18-29 vote is up for grabs in 2012 because youth can’t afford cars to put bumper stickers on and those t-shirts are worn out from too many days sitting on the couch unemployed.
Obama used these kids naivety in 2008 and since has done little to nothing to help the energetic, grass roots youth. Not only are barely 50% employed, earlier this year, Americans’ student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time ever. Not to mention the continued increase in debt will be the responsibility you today’s and tomorrows youth. So what do the millennials say … NO BAMA! According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, only 49% of millennial voters approve of Barack Obama, down a whopping 23 points from February 2009.
But while 18-to-29 year-old Americans are reliable Democrats, their enthusiasm for Obama and presidential politics has waned, setting the stage for an uphill struggle to turn out the vote.
Forty-nine percent of millennial voters approve of Obama, according to the Pew Research Center, down 23 points from February 2009. They are also the least interested in or engaged with the current campaign, the study found.
Only 17 percent of millennials said they are following election news closely, while just 13 percent said they’ve given a lot of thought to the candidates, a 15 point drop from the same period four years ago.