Much ado is made about various voting factions but in 2008, undoubtedly the “youth vote” was the most sought after group for Barack Obama. The 18-29 demographic was big for his win last time around and he’s working feverishly to recapture similar enthusiasm. Unfortunately for the President, some recent polling shows this voting bloc may be not be as locked up in 2012.

Report from the Washington Examiner:

For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America’s youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters.

Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What’s more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds.

“This is the first time I am seeing Romney’s numbers this high among 18-29 year olds,” said Zogby. “This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get.”

Granted this is from Zogby, a pollster with a mixed track record but I think it is worth mentioning and watching in future polling. Paul Ryan seems to have given Romney a boost with this demographic as well so we’ll see how this plays out in the coming weeks.

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  1. With almost $1 TRILLION of Student Debt (and growing) and NO JOBS to pay it back after they graduate, what else can you expect?

    Of course, TRUTH be told, the Republicans have also spearheaded Government “Involvement” in our Educational System, thus contributing to “Inflating” College Tuition and Student DEBT.

    The Republicans and Democrats are both part of CRIMINAL MOB in Washington and they won’t allow Libertarian Ideas penetrate the Minds and Hearts of the American people.

    It’s time to separate ourselves from the “System” and PREPARE for the worse.

  2. Nate: Have we ever had a topic on here that was not pro-Romney? There were a few neutral topics (eg, moderators chosen, Bain pro-con), but otherwise, look at the list:

    Romney scores high in youth vote
    Romney names Ryan
    Romney is going to name somebody in a few hours!!!
    Romney outraises Obam
    Harry Reid is a bad guy
    Obama fundraising struggle
    Romney’s going to use a spartphone app!!!
    Romney could win Michigan
    Unions bash Obama
    Romney leading in Electoral College
    Romney wins June fundraising battle
    Obama angers business
    Romney veep choice narrows
    and so on.

    Why not just call it the Romney Show? (And look at these sources.)

    How about a discussion of the fact that Romney could lose the nomination? Just because he bought a lot of “bound” votes doesn’t necessarily mean they are bound to him (according to legal analysis), and the unbound delegates could go to anyone.

    How about something about Ron Paul’s liberty festival ahead of the alleged Romney crowning?

    We comment all over the map, but it’s getting tiresome getting only Romney propaganda to discuss.

    • Maybe if there was something good about Obama to say, he would. But it’s pretty much just trouble after trouble for Obama.

      Hmm, perhaps that is a sign?

    • Goethe

      I agree! Perhaps a discussion could be rendered which show the actual “Policy Differences” between Romney and Obama. (if there is any)

      Or maybe something on the upcoming “Debt Ceiling” debate which really has NO Ceiling, no matter which Party has the Power or Control.

      If you remove Politics from the equation and just mathematically analyze the National DEBT per United States Citizen – the only conclusion we can come to is that BOTH PARTIES make up the CRIMINAL MOB which foists THEIR DEBT upon us for the purposes of Re-Election and for gaining Campaign “Bribes” from their perspective Special Interests.

  3. This PR guy is the final nail in the coffin as far as women votes. He wants cameras in the bedroom to make sure they are not using anything but his approved contraceptives.

  4. Billy:

    RE: Bambi. . .

    This quote is SO “Willard”–do you really need to know anything else about him?

    After reporters noted that there was no hunting license under his name in any of the states in which he lives, Willard says (and I quote directly):

    “I’m not a big game hunter,” Romney memorably admitted in 2007. “I’ve made it very clear: I’ve always been, if you will, a rodent and rabbit hunter. All right? Small varmints, if you will.”

    Two “if you wills” in one quote. I wish he said, “I’m hunting wabbits, huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh, Shhhhhhhh.”

    • I think I got the drift of what he was saying and the two “wills” just made it seem like he was uncomfortable in saying it.

      Got to get to bed. it’s after 12 and call my x-gf or she won’t even by my x.

      • Billy:

        It’s not just uncomfortable. It’s pompous and pretentious.

        And once again, he was trying to look like something he wasn’t. He was among MEN–you know with beards and guns and stuff–so he tried to sound like he was Teddy Fricken Roosevelt after several hunts in the deepest Africa.

        This is the Peter Principle in practice. Dude has been given everything, either due to whom he knew, or whom he could buy. Empty suit.

        • If it takes a pompous, self-centered, and arrogant SOB to get the job done, so be it.
          However, that’s about all this guy has going for him and it’s going in the wrong direction so far as getting the country out of the mess that it is in. Right, he is the problem, not the solution.

  5. i sure hope this means a good sign for the upcoming election..because they will be out by hook or by crookfor every ellegal, crooked, whatever vote they can get

    • The only “ellegal” activity I have witnessed in regards to voting was committed by the Republicans. A group of them dressed up as canvassers who went door to door to register Democrats to vote. After they had gathered a fair amount of completed registration forms they trashed them. I have never seen Dems stoop to such tactics.

      • Hey, way to go. At least they were creative. But I’m sure the other side was just as creative. God read some of the stories on how Kennedy got elected.

  6. 2008 election was a difficult decision…2 idiots to chose from. This election is a no brainer folks. It is quite clear to see now that Obama does not have what it takes to lead our nation. What did you expect from a community organizer. He just isn’t presidential material… maybe some third world nation somewhere, but not here. All it’s been for this clown is free vacations and the high life at our expense. PARTY”S OVER!

    • Obama – Romney – These people represent the 2 Heads of the “Monster” which will bring this Country to it’s demise.

      If you think for one minute that the “Debt Ceiling” and Budget Deficits will reverse course, you’ve got another thing coming. Whichever one of these CLOWNS is elected President will be presiding over the continuous DECLINE of America. Nothing will change because BOTH will SPEND us into Bankruptcy.

      Obama will give us the Status-Quo on Entitlements and still continue the Wars. Tax increases on the Rich? You betcha!

      Romney will attempt to usher in Austerity on the Poor and Middle Class and yet still continue the Wars. Tax cuts for the Rich? You betcha!

      Bottom line is that BOTH are working for someone else OTHER THAN the American People and yet the people buy into their crap and vote for them. STUPID!

  7. Obama chased the republics as they ran to the right.. now he’s just to the left of them deep into the right wing. now the repubs cant move to the left at all. They are stuck in insanity land and cant get out.. cus to do so they woudl be to the left of obama. (their so called communist) Problem with all this is there really is no one on the left no one representing progressives or democrats. Only the war/corporate welfare/police state/nafta/patriot act party exists (both dems and repubs) .. the only choice we’re allowed is stuff like abortion or gay marriage. the other stuff is off the table. If repubs wanted to win this election all they had to do was run ron paul.. who’s left of obama. But repubs are happy with the status quoe.. war.. corporate welfare.. corrupt politics etc.. business as usual with romney or obama…

  8. Pardon me thorn but I wholeheartedly agree about the lack of substantive policy differences in the modern two party system. It is obvious we need more choices and voices all around. I supported Paul in the primary but I would also encourage you and others to consider supporting the Green Party long-term and Jill Stein in this election. Anyway, let’s all stay positive and keep our heads up and remember we’re all Americans and it takes teamwork to get any job done. Thanks. Have a nice day.

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