Harvard survey: American youth abandoning Obama and congress

Posted Dec 5, 2013 by Michael Krebs
According to Harvard University's Institute of Politics survey, America's youth are abandoning Obama and the two-party federal government in general.
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President Obama reflecting at a meeting.
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President Obama and the congressional two-party duopoly appear to have lost the American youth vote quite fundamentally, according to the Fall 2013 poll findings issued by Harvard University's Institute of Politics Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service.
The youth universe that comprised the survey, adults aged 18-29, has lost faith in the Affordable Care Act entirely, with 57 percent openly disapproving of the Obamacare legislation. Additionally, 40 percent believe the quality of care will worsen under Obamacare and 51 percent anticipate higher costs associated with the federal health care program.
The survey also found a distaste among the youth population in the surveillance by the federal government and its decisions to collect personal information.
Overall, President Obama did not fare well in the survey's results. An eye-opening 52 percent of adults 18-24 would recall Obama if they could.
Institute of Politics director Trey Grayson called the survey's findings a "sea change," as the National Journal reported.
Congress was not exempt from the general disappointment shared by America's youth. Democrats in congress received a 35 percent approval rating, while Republicans delivered only a 19 percent approval among the universe measured by the poll.