In 2000 Generation Y voters aged 18 to 29 voted almost evenly between President George Bush and Vice President Al Gore breaking at 46 - 48 percent. Four years later this group gave Senator John Kerry a nine-point advantage at 45-54 percent over President Bush. In 2008 this young demographic gave President Barack Obama one of his strongest voting blocks at 66 - 32 percent over Senator John McCain.
A new focus group of youth from Ohio and South Carolina from a group called Resurgent Republic finds that young Obama voters are disillusioned and discouraged. Researchers found that young voters are decidedly unhappy with the direction of the country often using words like “wrong track,” “troubled” and “on the decline” a stark contrast from where they thought the country would go compared to four years ago.
Most realize that underemployment is a serious problem among 23-30 year olds after college, and they are not happy about it. Many express concern over raising gas prices. Reactions to the terms “hope and change” were decidedly cynical. These previous Obama supporters are now troubled by the deficit and national debt and their future. The research group concludes that without tangible results, and a substantive vision presented to them, these disillusioned Obama voters may be hard to re-energize when November rolls around.