Millennials Awakened: No Longer In Obama’s Back Pocket


by Spencer Brown

The Harvard University Institute of Politics has released the fall edition of its Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service. It surveys those aged 18-29 on a broad range of political and current event issues. It’s a key to the general attitude and condition of America’s youth, in this case the Millennial generation. The results of this fall’s survey are surprising to many, but especially shocking to President Obama and the democratic party.

The young generation played a major role in Obama’s first election, and while slightly less enthusiastic in the 2012 election, millennials were counted on again by President Obama to help lead him to victory. But now, the Harvard IOP study shows that young Americans are not falling in line behind the President as he may have hoped and planned on. Rather, the results paint a picture of an electorate made up of millennials who are fed up with current policies and not interested in what President Obama has to offer. For my fellow wonks, the full report from the Harvard IOP can be viewed here, but here are some of the most telling results from the survey.

A majority (57%) of young Americans disapprove of The Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Just 20% of young Americans would enroll in the ACA, while 47% would “definitely not” enroll.

50% of young Americans believe that healthcare costs will rise and the quality of healthcare will fall under the ACA.

58% of college graduates have student loan debt, and 57% view student debt as a “major problem” for young people.

Also important to millennials: protecting personal privacy, and maintaining funding for Social Security and K-12 education, as well as cutting nuclear warheads and foreign aid.

And perhaps the worst news for President Obama, his army of young enthusiastic millennials have seemingly been awakened to the realities of his policies, and no longer approve of his performance.

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