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Obama's Popularity With Young Voters

Sonors Wrote: Aug 11, 2012 9:07 AM
No doubt the under 30 like Obama because they think he's cool, hip or attractive. Does anyone think for a second they would vote for him if the wrapping was Henry Waxman?

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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...