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The Gallup Poll of Obama Job Approval went up another point again yesterday to 51% (versus 42% disapproval). Job Approval has been tracking upward for a week. That's the good news. Gallup also yesterday had the results of its poll of "enthusiasm about voting in this year's congressional elections" sorted by age (but NOT by party or independent voter identification). People 18-29 favor the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate in their local districts by a 12-point margin. But they are also the least enthusiastic demographic for actually voting.
[Sorry for not so "breaking" news - had to change my "today" references to "yesterday" references because I'd already published another diary yesterday and had to wait to April 27 to publish again - damn you, Mr. Kos and your diary rules.]
Gallup reports that 47% of 18-29 year olds are "Not Enthusiastic" about voting in November 2010. Only 29% of Over 65's are not enthusiastic about voting. So we need to heed the diaries emphasizing the importance of the GOTV efforts to offset the "Get Off My Lawn" vote.
Obama and the Democratic Party need to give attention to the issues important to 18-29 year olds. They made a major breakthrough on the new student loans legislation here. 18-29 year olds are likely very strongly against the new Arizona anti-immigrant "Show Me Your Papers" law. So this is another reason (if one was needed) for the Democratic Party and President Obama to vigorously challenge that legislation. Also see: Ending DADT.
Originally posted to nirbama on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:22 AM PDT.