Young Americans Have Little Love for Republicans

July 28, 2007 at 8:43 am 1 comment

An extensive new survey from Democracy Corps found that young Americans are less than enthusiastic about the Republican Party and are prepared to vote in droves for the Democratic nominee in 2008. Young people ages 18-31 will number approximately 50 million in 2008 making the age group larger than the Baby Boomer generation. Even scarier for Republicans, by 2015 they are likely to be 1/3 of the voting population.

The looming disaster Republicans face among younger voters represents a setback that could haunt them for many generations to come. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lead Rudy Giuliani—the most acceptable of the Republican offerings among youth—by significant margins, assembling a diverse coalition of support and leading the vote among independents. Exploring attitudes toward the parties themselves, young voters’ reaction to fundamental issues and their perceptions of the GOP suggest a fundamental alienation from the Republican Party, a crisis that will not leave with the Bush administration.

Voter turnout among young people has lagged behind that of older generations, but in the last two election cycles the percentage of young people going to the polls has increased.

And while support among young people for the Republican Party has collapsed largely because of economic issues, the war in Iraq and global warming, the Democrats can’t sit tight waiting for the youth vote to roll in. Young people prefer to the Democrats to Republicans on pretty much every issue, but expect the Democrats to deliver results. This means that the Democrats are going to have work harder and smarter to secure to the votes of young people and to make in actually governing the country.


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, Democrats, Liberals, Politics, Republicans.

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  • 1. Dina  |  July 28, 2007 at 11:36 am

    I’m in the 18-31 age group and I can say that Republicans are few and far between in this age group. Even conservative Christian young people, which there are many in my state of Florida, seem unhappy with the course of this administration. It’s easy to dislike a political group when you know they are responsible for your friends and relatives losing their lives in Iraq.


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