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Monday, November 05, 2012
Young Voters’ Attitudes Shift Since 2008
Four years ago, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama had young voters excitedly lining up at the polls and showing up in droves at rallies, eager to help create history by electing the nation’s first black president.
This year, from the economy to social issues to young voters’ enthusiasm over the election, experts say it’s a different game, which explains why the race is so close.
So why is this year’s election so different?
Many young voters have been disillusioned by the state of the economy and the rising cost of higher education. Die-hard Democrats are still die-hard Democrats and ardent Republicans are still ardent Republicans, but more Americans have found themselves in the middle.