Lagging Youth Enthusiasm Could Hurt Democrats in 2010

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

10/07/2010 - Millennials continue to be among the strongest backers of Democratic candidates this fall, though their support for the Democratic Party has slipped since 2008. But young voters have given far less thought to the upcoming elections than have older voters, and this gap is larger than in previous midterms.

In a survey last month, conducted among 2,816 registered voters, the Pew Research Center found 50% saying they had given "quite a lot of thought" to this year's elections. This is little changed from a comparable point in 2006 (48%).

In both years, young voters report giving less attention to the election than those age 30 and older, but the gap between younger and older voters this year is double what it was in 2006. Currently, 53% of voters 30 and older are giving a lot of thought to the election, compared with just 31% of young voters -- a 22-point gap. In 2006, there was an 11-point difference; 50% of voters 30 and older, and 39% of those younger than age 30, were giving a lot of thought to the election.

Read the full report Lagging Youth Enthusiasm Could Hurt Democrats in 2010 on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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