Guess Obama’s two-thirds share of the (late teen and) twentysomething vote in 2008 didn’t signal a generational shift to the left:
The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.
Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.
Emphasis added to suggest that the GOP emphasis on fiscal issues can help them woo voters disinclined to support a party defined (even if primarily in the media) by social conservatism.
And recall, that Obama only narrowly edged John McCain among voters over 30. Even if a majority of the youth vote (but smaller than Obama’s 2008 tally)
remains Democratic , if the shift away from the president’s party is paralleled among older demographics, the Democrats’ majority vanishes.
Seems the surge in support among young people for Obama was based more on his personality and the imagery of his campaign than on the candidate’s (carefully concealed*) ideology.
*by his campaign the media.