The 2008 election cycle was rife with reports of the incredible youth support for then-candidate Obama. His apparent army of young people flocking to political action for the first time was huge news, and very quickly predictions appeared which gave the Democratic Party and progressives in general a huge advantage which would last for a very long time. Now, it seems, the honeymoon might already be over:
Since the election…fervor has died down — noticeably. And while young people remain the president’s most loyal supporters in opinion polls, a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn’t doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers.
“It’s one thing to get excited about a presidential candidate. It’s another thing to become a responsible citizen,” says Jennifer Donahue, political director for the New Hampshire Institute Of Politics. She and other political analysts thinks they have yet to prove themselves.
YAL, on the other hand, is still going strong and indeed growing (Let’s keep it up!). More on the decline of Obamania among college students here.Published in