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Disillusioned Young Voters May Hold Key to Midterms

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After supporting Barack Obama in droves in 2008, many young people are planning to sit out the midterm elections, posing a serious challenge for Democrats as they try to retain power.

So finds AU SOC Professor Dotty Lynch. She reports on several recent polls in this article at The Fiscal Times.

A CBSNews/New York Times poll conducted in mid-September found that only half the 18-29 year olds are registered to vote and just 55 percent of them say they will definitely vote in 2010. Moreover, a mere 15 percent of young people say they are paying “a lot of attention” to the election. By comparison, 84 percent of voters over 64 say they will definitely vote, and 50 percent say they are paying a lot of attention to the election.

Whereas young people favor Democrats by as much as 10 to 20 percentage points in most polls, among seniors, the most reliable of voters, Republicans hold an 11 point advantage over the Democrats. Annette Buckley, a retired 77-year-old Republican from Bradenton, Florida, says she is fired up to vote against the Democrats next month because she strongly opposes the health care reform law that Obama and the Democrats pushed through. “It is disgusting,” she said. “It was pushed through without even reading it.” Buckley said three doctors have told her they are going to retire because they fear the impact of health care reform, especially on Medicare payments.

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