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Young voters losing faith in Obama's ability to win 2012 White House race: Poll

December 16, 2011 - Washington

A new poll has found that young voters are losing faith in US President Barack Obama's ability to win the 2012 White House race.

The Harvard University's Institute of Politics poll found that 36 percent of respondents said Obama would lose the 2012 re-election, as compared to 30 percent, who held the contrary view.he findings are a setback for Obama, who had won 2:1 support of voters, aged between 18 and 29, over Republican John McCain in the 2007 poll.

The poll found that voters of the same age- group, who said they would definitely vote for the 2012 election, have dropped by 11 points since 2007.

"This survey may well serve as an ominous sign for Barack Obama's 2012 chances the political engagement of America's largest generation," The New York Daily News quoted the institute's Polling Director John Della Volpe, as saying.

According to the poll, Obama has lowest approval rating among Millennials.

Less than one-third of Millennials approve of the Obama's handling of the economy, and respondents of the same age group by a margin of over 4 to 1 said the country is moving in the wrong direction.

The poll also found that youth voters, however, support him over two top Republican contenders, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

The Harvard poll surveyed 2,028 Americans aged between 18 and 29.


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