Harvard Poll: Young Voters Have Obama Hangover

Young U.S. voters support President Barack Obama by a narrower margin than they did in the 2008 election and backers of Republican challenger Mitt Romney are more enthusiastic about going to the polls, according to a poll released today.

In a survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics of likely voters under 30 years of age, Obama led Romney 55 percent to 36 percent. Exit polls of voters in the 2008 election showed Obama defeating Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona among those 18 to 29 years of age by 34 percentage points, a key to the president’s victory.

Participants in the latest Harvard poll who were eligible to vote four years ago backed Obama over McCain by a margin of 25 points, 58 percent to 33 percent.

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