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Young Adults, Looking for Job Creation, Are Backing Obama

Millennials cite creating jobs as the most important issue this election, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. So it makes total sense that 61 percent of them support Barack Obama for president, while only 33 percent back Mitt Romney. 

That’s a slight decrease in the percentage of millennials who voted for Obama in 2008 (exit polls showed him in the 66 to 68 percent range among 18 to 29 year olds), but considering all the wretched economic news since then — half of recent college grades being unemployed or underemployed, nearly a third of young adults being underemployed, young adult unemployment rate at 12.8 percent — it’s surprising it isn’t higher. Is there any tipping point at which young adults will start consider doing something so un-hip as voting for a Republican? 

Senior citizens, who rank reducing government corruption as the most important issue, are more likely to support Romney, although the gap isn’t as wide: 51 percent back Romney, while 43 percent support Obama. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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