Although millions of older voters were able to immediately identify Barack Obama’s positions as retread socialism during his two presidential campaigns, he was nonetheless elected thanks in large part to an impassioned effort among young adults.
Overwhelmingly, those without enough life experience to see through this administration’s paper-thin rhetoric showed up to the polls in favor of Obama in 2008. Four years later, a somewhat more disillusioned electorate packed with millennial generation voters still tipped the scales in the incumbent’s favor.
Fast-forwarding to 2013, this lame duck presidency is struggling to find support among even those who were once its dedicated defenders. Of all the groups to end their allegiance to Obama to some extent, perhaps the most devastating is the youth.
Generally speaking, Obama’s approval numbers are lower than they’ve ever been, with a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing a six point drop in the weeks since his unpopular healthcare law was implemented.
Though seniors represent the voting bloc most likely to disapprove of his job performance, those between the ages of 18 and 29 are close behind. A healthy majority of both groups, 59 percent and 54 percent, respectively, disapprove of Obama’s policies. The percentage who gives his presidency a nod – a paltry 39 percent – is the same for both groups.
The cult of personality surrounding Obama will undoubtedly allow him to retain a certain level of support. After all, polling shows 75 percent of blacks still think he is doing a respectable job of running the country.
As much as he tries to keep all Americans in their respective groups, however, the consensus shows his policies are losing traction among virtually all segments of the population.
Obama made a huge miscalculation in taking his early supporters for granted while writing off all of his detractors. At this point in his presidency, the former group is shrinking exponentially to the benefit of the latter.
–B. Christopher Agee
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