According to the Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, less than half—roughly 48%—of young adults who were surveyed said they would “definitely” vote this fall.
The recent poll gauged apathy among voters between the ages of 18 and 29-years old and examined how they felt about the upcoming election.
More than 2,000 interviews with young voters were conducted from September 19 through October 3, according to officials who spearheaded the survey.
“As enthusiasm for voting continues to slip among America’s 18- to 29- year olds, the IOP’s latest poll shows a clear sentiment by young adults that Washington is broken,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson in a statement. “We must work together to re-engage youth in the political process —a goal critical to the health and future of our democracy.”
While enthusiasm may be on the decline in terms of voting, the poll discovered that youngsters weren’t pessimistic about President Barack Obama’s performance, and trusted him more than former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney when it came to issues like health care and women’s rights.
According to the IOP, Obama continues to widen the gap between himself and Romney, leading by a nineteen-percentage point margin (55% to 36%) among young adults “likely” to cast a ballot.
Besides support for the incumbent, 62% of those surveyed said they felt Obama inherited problems he couldn’t fix in one term.
Thirty-three percent of those who participated in the survey, however, said that Obama has failed as president.
The survey also revealed that while Obama has more support, those who favor Romney are more likely to hit the polls in November.
According to the results, 65% of those who said they back Romney’s policies will “definitely” vote in November, edging out the 55% who said they favor Obama.
But overall,the IOP’s findings seem to indicate that young voters just don’t have it in them this election year.
“Despite telling us that they are far less likely to vote this year, Millennials still yearn to make this country great—and it is our hope that as we approach Election Day both presidential campaigns work to connect with young adults in more meaningful ways and better engage on the issues that will shape their future and ours,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe. “It’s not only good politics— it’s good for the country.”
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Here are more stats from the survey:
- President Obama is more trusted than Romney to handle major issues.
- Majority believe problems President inherited are complex and require more time to solve.
- When America’s 18- to 29- year olds were asked which presidential candidate they trust more to handle a number of top issues, late-September IOP polling shows President Obama favored over Governor Romney on health care (+23 percentage points), foreign policy (+23), to be the Commander-in-Chief of the military (+22), immigration reform (+20) – and the economy (+19).
- Obama was also trusted more to handle “issues of concern to someone your age” (+31) and “issues of concern to women” (+33).
- 10% of those surveyed said they will “probably” vote in November.
- Among young adults enrolled in a four-year college “likely” to vote, Obama leads 48% to 38% with 14% undecided.
- Obama is favored over Romney among voters in that demographic in “Swing states” by 16 percentage points (54% to 38%).