In an increasingly unpredictable midterm election cycle, young voter turnout could make a difference in highly contested races around the country. With President Obama on the campaign trail and new efforts to reach targeted demographic groups including millennials, there is still time to turn out the vote among key Democratic constituencies. But it will not be easy. Young voters are still not inclined to head to the polls.
According to a recent CBS/Knowledge Networks poll, 85% of Obama voters under 30 approve of the president’s job performance, but only 44% say they are definitely voting this election cycle. The Harvard’s Institute of Politics poll released this week had similar findings, echoing concerns that young people are not sufficiently motivated to vote this year. A September Rock the Vote poll showed only 34% of young adults expressed a desire for Democrats to retain control of Congress while 36% stated it did not matter whether Democrats or Republicans took control.
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