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Young Voters Slowly Abandoning Hope & Change

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By Doug Powers  •  July 24, 2010 02:12 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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Could it finally be sinking in who exactly is going to be paying for all this alleged “free” stuff?

WASHINGTON — Young voters who had been enthralled by Barack Obama’s “Yes, we can” message are now saying “Maybe not” — and are backing away from the president in a worrisome new poll for the White House.

Obama is losing in a match-up against a generic Republican challenger by 37 percent to 34 percent among voters in the 18-34 age group, according to a stunning Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday.

In March, voters in this group approved of Obama by 54 percent to 37 percent.

“The youngest age group may be the most impatient and the most easily disillusioned among all age groups,” said Molly Andolina, a youth-vote expert and DePaul University political-science professor.

“Easily disillusioned” is sociology-speak for “sucker.”

Even “Obama Girl” was struck by reality a few months ago.

This should give little comfort to conservatives, however. Unless the GOP fields worthy opponents, those disenchanted by the failure of rainbows, gumdrops and unicorns to materialize will have nowhere else to go but right back to the same people who continue to promise to deliver Shangri-La… eventually.

But the current drop in youth support isn’t merely due to younger voters finally figuring out that Obama and the Democrats are using their credit card. There’s also what I call “The Peggy Effect.”

Basically “The Peggy Effect” is this: Everybody who voted for Obama because of all the free stuff they’d be getting, such as the famed “Peggy the Moocher” (who was Obama’s freeloading answer to “Joe the Plumber”), have been running to their mailboxes for a year and a half now, and… pretty much nothing. No free mortgage; no free car; no free gas — hell, no free health care yet for that matter. It’s taking a toll on Obama’s approval ratings.

Here’s Peggy back in happier times:

Update: Obama tries to reel some of the disenchanted young lefties back into the Hope fold with this recorded message to the Netroots Convention in Vegas. JWF says: Basic theme of his message is to be patient, he’s working as hard as he can to screw things up.

**Written by Doug Powers

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