Young Voters Prefer Obama 70-30 Over Clinton

Posted April 24, 2008 at 4:29pm

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise for those who have followed the campaign results and polls, but a survey conducted between March 11 and April 1 for the Harvard University Institute of Politics found that 18-to-24 year-olds who plan to vote in November favor Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton by 70 percent to 30 percent. Last October, Obama’s margin over Clinton was only 38 percent to 33 percent with the rest divided among other Democrats who were then still in the field. Matched against John McCain, Obama leads 53 percent to 32 percent, but Clinton leads McCain by 44 percent to 39 percent.

While 80 percent said they definitely or probably would vote in November, 60 percent of young voters said they did not consider themselves to be politically active against 40 percent who were. Fifty-eight percent said the country was on the wrong track, 32 percent were unsure and 10 percent said the nation was generally headed in the right direction.