Clinton Rocks the Youth Vote

Poll shows Hillary has big lead among twenty-somethings
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2007 12:19 PM CST
Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. gestures during a campaign speech in Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary has taken a big lead over Obama among twenty-somethings, a new poll says. The recent survey of 400 18- to 29-year-old Democrats shows Clinton with 54% of the vote over Obama's 24%, reports Politico. Previous polls had showed Obama ahead among youths or the two running neck-and-neck. "Young people are trending in ways similar to the overall electorate," says one researcher.

The poll was organized by MTV's Rock the Vote and World Wrestling Entertainment’s Smackdown Your Vote. The Obama camp dismissed its results as statistically flawed. Analysts, though, say that youth voters are attracted by Clinton's experience and name recognition. “Young voters are not just idealistic. They are also on the practical side as to who can achieve these objectives," says one.