Millennials Abandon Obama and ObamacareThe nut of the story on a new Harvard poll:
A majority of America's youngest adults would vote to recall the president.
millennials are not so hot on their president.This excited Fournier so much that he's tweeted about it at least 38 times today. You see, it's not just him that hates Obama, it's even his strongest youth supporters! And it's true, Obama's numbers suck across the board, even among some of his most reliable constituencies.
Obama's approval rating among young Americans is just 41 percent, down 11 points from a year ago, and now tracking with all adults. While 55 percent said they voted for Obama in 2012, only 46 percent said they would do so again.
When asked if they would want to recall various elected officials, 45 percent of millennials said they would oust their member of Congress; 52 percent replied "all members of Congress" should go; and 47 percent said they would recall Obama. The recall-Obama figure was even higher among the youngest millennials, ages 18 to 24, at 52 percent.
Yet missing among Fournier's story and his plethora of tweets? Context on those "vote again" numbers. From the pollsters' summary:
83 percent of those who supported President Obama versus Mitt Romney tell us that they would vote again for Obama if they could recast their vote, only four percent (4%) would vote for Mitt Romney if they couldOr this:
7. If you could re-cast your 2012 vote for president today, for whom would you vote? (n=1,115)So ... Obama still wins the group by double-digits, and the 13 percent who say "someone else" would vote for him in the end because "someone else" would mean "Mitt Romney".
Barack Obama ................................................ 46%
Mitt Romney .................................................. 35%
Are people pissed? Of course! Could much of this been avoided with a simple Medicare For All bill instead of trying to protect the corrupt incumbent insurance industry? Of course! Are many young Americans upset about the NSA and drones stuff? Deservedly so! Does this mean that Obama needs to fear a recall effort against him? Uh... Does this mean that young voters will suddenly be voting for Republicans? Good luck with that.
Some people have suggested that Fournier's National Journal has been trying to remake itself in Politico's image. From here, it looks more like they're trying to be the National Review.