Harvard’s Institute of Politics released a new national poll of 18–29-year olds in America today. According to their data, “Obama now leads Romney by a 17 point margin, a gain of six percentage points over the eleven-point lead the President held in November.” Race was one of the key dividers in support for Obama over Romney:
Obama leads among Blacks by 78 points (79 percent – 1 percent), Hispanics by 38 points (50 percent – 12 percent), yet he trails Whites by 3 (37 percent – 34 percent) – a group he won by 10 in 2008.
The increase in the President’s standing is driven in large part by an increase among important elements of his political base, most notably Democrats whose approval increased seven percentage points (from 74 percent in December to 81 percent currently) and Hispanics whose approval increased 12 percentage points (from 54 percent to 66 percent).
The President continues to struggle with 18-to29-year old Whites (41 percent approval) — who according to 2008 exit polls were the largest cohort of the 18-to-29-year old segment, and supported Obama over McCain by ten points, 54 percent to 44 percent.
Millennials continue to rank the economy as their primary concern, but they also expressed support for both liberal and conservative policies — “reducing the federal deficit,” “ensuring affordable access to health care,” and “lowering the tax burden for all Americans” were in a virtual tie at around 60 percent.