Four months ago, pessimism draped the shoulders of many Millennials — President Obama won’t be reelected, just over a third said in a Harvard University survey.
At the same time, he held just an 11-point lead over Mitt Romney in the 18-29 grouping.
Now, after a Republican primary that brought us “Oops,” “Nine-Nine-Nine,” and “Gingrich: A Space Odysse,y” the President appears to be regaining the youth demographic that carried him to the White House almost four years ago.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s support has remained stagnant.
President Obama, in the Harvard poll, leads Romney by 17 points, 43 percent to 26 percent. As in the earlier survey Harvard sent out four months ago, Romney remained unchanged from 26 percent.
“Over the last several months, we have seen more of the Millennial vote begin to solidify around President Obama and Democrats in Congress,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson. “At the same time, there has been effectively no change in their support for Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress. We will continue to track this demographic which we know is critical to success at the polls.”
In the latest CNN/ORC International poll, that margin grows even wider. Obama leads Romney 64 to 32 percent, nearly identical to Obama’s 66 to 32 percent 2008 winning margin over John McCain.
President Obama visited the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill yesterday, and continues his college swing by heading to Colorado and Iowa — all battleground states Obama won in 2008.
He will be pushing on Congress to stop student interest rates, set to double in July of this year, from increasing.
If the bill is not passed, the rate would jump from 3.4 to 6.8 percent when the current legislation expires.
According to the White House, “In North Carolina, approximately 160,000 students will rack up nearly $1,000 in additional debt unless Congress acts.”
Romney’s campaign had not conceded the loss of the younger generation, arguing that a reversal of Obama’s success will come before the general election.
Thanks to a still struggling economy and a particularly difficult job market for college graduates, the Romney campaign predicts a shift in millennial support. Romney also encourages keeping student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent.
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