Young Americans Swing Left, Favor Dems

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By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2007 5:10 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a health care forum in Mason City, Iowa in this April 5, 2007 file photo. Sen. Clinton's newfound caution about health care specifics...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Young Americans are skewing left, with fewer identifying themselves as Republicans and more siding with Democrats on hot-button issues, according to a New York Times/CBS/MTV poll. Those surveyed, aged 17 to 29, are more likely than the general public to favor universal health care, gay marriage and open-door immigration.

Just 25% call themselves Republicans (down from 37% at the GOP height in 1989) while 54% intend to vote for a Democrat in 2008, though most are familiar with just two candidates, Obama and Clinton. More are paying attention to the election than at this point in 2004 (58% compared to 35%). Seventy percent  say America is on the wrong track.