A new Harvard University survey finds that under 25% of Millennial voters under 30 plan to definitely vote in November. Less than one in four, folks. Just how bad is it? This bad.
The numbers show voter enthusiasm among young people is down even from 2010, when Republicans took back the House of Representatives. Enthusiasm for the 2014 midterms is especially low among Democratic millennials, with the survey showing that 44 percent of young people who voted for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney “definitely” plan to vote this year, while only 35 percent of President Barack Obama’s voters are planning to come back to the ballot box in November.
That could spell disastrous news for Democrats, who have traditionally relied on youth voters to give them the advantage on Election Day.
The poll begs the question of whether the Obama turnout machine can really get young people motivated without a president at the top of the ticket. It also found that young women, another key Democratic constituency, are feeling uninspired to head to the polls. Just 19 percent of women said they were “definitely” going to cast a ballot, compared to 28 percent of men.
Part of the reason young people are not all that interested in voting, experts said, is they don’t believe politicians in Washington are addressing issues that matter to them. The poll found that young people are very concerned about issues like wealth disparity in the country and student debt.
Well, the best way to make sure politicians continue to not give a damn about those issues is to not vote. Why should politicians in either party care about you if you're going to sit at home? Let the adults who do vote determine the country's future if you abdicate your role in being part of the decision.
But when the Tea Party controls all of Congress, and only passes Tea Party laws, well maybe you'll care about voting then.