Nearly half of the nation’s new voters, age 18-24, think that President Obama has done a “fair” or “poor” job as president, resulting in a 13 point drop in support, but he still maintains a wide lead over Mitt Romney, according to a new poll done by a conservative pro-life group.
The poll conducted for Students for Life of America (http://studentsforlife.org/) and provided to Secrets put Obama’s lead over Romney at 53 percent to 25 percent. That’s a big drop from the 66 percent of the 18-24 vote he got in 2008, but it’s more than enough to give the president something to crow about.
What’s more, the poll done by the Polling Company Inc./WomanTrend, found that younger and first-time voters remain engaged and should flood the polls again. In 2008, their turnout was the highest in 16 years, helping Obama beat Sen. John McCain, and that might be repeated.
But the poll found that the voters are down on Obama’s performance and aren’t wowed by his liberal positions on issues like abortion and the health insurance mandate on religious groups that would require, for example, Catholic institutions to offer insurance that includes abortion coverage.
Overall, 49 percent grade Obama as fair to poor; by nearly two-to-one, they won’t back a candidate like Obama who wants to force institutions pay for abortion coverage against their religious beliefs; are “pro-contraception.”
Pollster Kellyanne Conway said Obama’s advantage over Romney is belied by the split over his performance. She added that “sleeper issues” like abortion, if messaged right, could push younger voters to Romney. “If I were Chicago (home to Obama’s campaign) I would not be enthused,” she said, noting the 13 point drop in support for the president.
More on the study: WashingtonExaminer.com.