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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Younger voters' support for Democrats drops according to new Pew Research Center

Voters under the age of 30 were Barack Obama's most devoted followers in the 2008 presidential election. Exit polls indicate that Obama won two-thirds of voters ages 18 to 29. But a new poll indicates that so called "Millennials," voters in their teens and twenties, no longer overwhelmingly back the president or the Democratic Party.

According to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday morning, about half of Millennial voters say Obama has failed to change the way Washington works, which was a major promise of his presidential campaign. The poll also indicates that the number of voters in their teens and twenties who identify with the Democratic Party has dropped from 62 percent a year ago to 54 percent now. During the same period of time, the number of Millenials who lean towards the Republican party has jumped 10 points, from 30 percent to 40 percent.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted Jan 14-27, with 2,020 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. (Source CNN)

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