Young Voters Favor Obama 2-1

Obama's influence may last a lifetime
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2008 1:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama faces an easy victory—at least among voters under 30. That's the finding of a poll of young voters, who overwhelmingly prefer Obama to John McCain, 61% to 32%, reports USA Today. It's the most dramatic margin within an age group in any presidential election in modern times. The Illinois senator is also the one young voters say they would rather have a beer with or seek out for advice.

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Obama will have a huge impact on a generation just forging its political roots, analysts say. He speaks to "what we want" on issues like the economy, war, education and the environment, said one voter, 24. Support is not simply based on Obama's 47 years to McCain's 72. Sarah Palin, at 44 the youngest nominee on the tickets, ranks at the bottom among the under-30 crowd. (Read more Obama 2008 stories.)

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