Obama is hardly winning the future generation 

Examiner intern

I received an email from actor Kalpen Modi this morning informing me that President Obama has launched a new White House website specifically for Young Americans. The masthead of the new website reads “Winning the Future: President Obama and Young Americans.”

But Obama is hardly “winning the future,” especially the economic future. National Journal reports today that more than 17 percent of 16-24-year olds who are looking for work are unable to find a job. This rate is close to a 30-year high.

Young voters came out in record numbers when Obama was elected in 2008. Exit polls showed that they favored Obama over Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, 68 percent to 30 percent.

But political analysts from across the ideological spectrum wonder if he can duplicate those numbers in 2012.

Young voters are not convinced that Obama’s economic policies have helped them. 

A recent poll conducted by the polling company inc./womantrend on behalf of Generation Opportunity, a youth mobilization group, showed that only 31 percent approve of the president’s handling of youth unemployment.

If Obama wants the youth vote again in 2012, he is going to have to change his policies.

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