A very large proportion of recent university graduates have soured on President Barack Obama, and many will vote GOP or stay at home in the 2012 election, according to two new surveys of younger voters.
“These rock-solid Obama constituents are free-agents,” said Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company, based in Washington, D.C. She recently completed a large survey of college grads, and “they’re shopping around, considering their options, [and] a fair number will stay at home and sit it out,” she said.
The scope of this disengagement from Obama is suggested by an informal survey of 500 post-grads by Joe Maddalone, founder of Maddalone Global Strategies. Of his sample, 93 percent are aged between 22 and 28, 67 percent are male and 83 percent voted for Obama in 2008. But only 27 percent are committed to voting for Obama again, and 80 percent said they would consider voting for a Republican, said New York-based Maddalone.
That’s a drop of almost 60 points in support for Obama among this influential class of younger post-grad voters, who Maddalone recruited at conferences held at New York University and Thomson-Reuters’ New York headquarters.
The bad news for Obama was underlined May 19 with a report by a job-firm Adecco that roughly 60 percent of recent college-grads have not been able to find a full-time job in their preferred area. One-in-five graduates have taken jobs far from their training, one-in-six are dependent on their parents, and one-in-four say they’re in debt, according to the firm’s data.
Bad news for Obama translates to very good news for the country. It’s good to know that though college has apparently not prepared them for the future quite yet, Obama is handing them a teachable moment and the kids are picking things up quite nicely.
It’s hope and change to believe in.
H/T to Morgan at the House of Eratosthenes who has advice for the GOP:
The message needs to be: You will never hear us say “When you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.” Because we want you to find work. We want you working for a boss who finds the decision to employ you, to be a profitable one, one he’d make all over again. And we want you to save massive amounts of dough, we want you paying a buck forty a gallon or less for gas, we want you laughing all the way to the bank.
And if you can be the boss five years after graduation instead of ten, nobody will be more tickled-pink than us. We won’t demand an eighty percent marginal income tax rate on your flabby fat rich ass. Because we’ll want it to make good business sense for you to add on hundreds or thousands of the next generation of college grads to your payroll, at which time America’s flirtation with watered-down socialism will be nothing more than a distant memory. That’s our vision.
Yes, we want to get rid of all the poor people…by making them not poor anymore.