Author: Cameron Joseph
Publication: The Hill
Young voters are turning against President Obama and his signature healthcare law, according to a new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
Obama’s approval rating has plunged to 41 percent with voters aged 18-29, down from 52 percent the last time Harvard polled the group. While 56 percent in the poll say they backed Obama last year, just 46 percent say they would do so again.
“We’re now seeing a sea change among this critical demographic,” says Harvard Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson. “The president has experienced a double-digit drop in his approval rating among millennials over the last seven months.
ObamaCare is also unpopular with the crucial voting bloc: 57 percent disapprove of the law, while 38 percent approve.
“You can see that there are very few aspects of the healthcare initiative that they approve of. They believe that quality will decrease and prices will increase,” says Harvard Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe.
The poll provides a worrying data point for both parties. While 33 percent of voters in the poll identify as Democrats, a dip from earlier polling of the demographic group, just 24 percent identify as Republicans.
Approval ratings of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress continued to plunge: Just 35 percent approve of Democrats in Congress, while 19 percent approve of Republicans in Congress.
The survey of 2,089 voters aged 18-29 was conducted from Oct. 30 through Nov. 11, as media coverage of ObamaCare’s struggles hit a fever pitch and shortly after the government shutdown, which most voters blamed on Republicans.