Obama leads youth vote by nearly 2-1 ratio
BOSTON – Democrat Barack Obama leads his Republican rival John McCain by a nearly 2-1 ratio among young voters in the race for the White House, a poll by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics showed on Wednesday.
Obama leads McCain 56 percent to 30 percent among likely young voters, according to an online survey of 2,406 18 to 24 year olds conducted by Harris Interactive for the institute between Sept. 12 and Oct. 6. Fifteen percent were undecided.
Obama’s lead is essentially unchanged from polls in July and March, the institute said.
Both parties have sought to mobilize young Americans who voted in the largest numbers in at least 20 years in the 2006 congressional elections, energized by the Iraq war, and turned out in record numbers in the 2004 presidential election.
Mirroring the broader electorate, the economy is the No. 1 issue for America’s youth. More than half, or 53 pecent, say economic issues are their top concern, compared with 30 percent in March, the poll showed.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young. Obama supporters hold up a cardboard cutout of the candidate at a campaign event at the Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida, Oct. 21, 2008.