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Obama's Popularity With Young Voters

SA16 Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 11:42 AM
Get over it, Bill1. The adults in this country recognized Ron Paul's ideological eccentricities for what they were, so here we are now. I do agree with Eleanor32 above - Dr. Paul as Secretary of the Treasury would be the best use of his skills and experience, and I would love to see him on the ticket in some capacity.

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According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans under the age of 30 favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by almost a two-to-one margin. This is a startling statistic. What explains the lopsided support for President Obama among younger Americans?

I think the two main reasons are ideological and personal.

It’s no revelation to say that young people tend to be more liberal about issues like the redistribution of wealth. You may have heard the old adage, “Anyone who is not a socialist when he is 20, has...