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Harvard poll: Young people don't care about Obama's signature issues

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A poll released today by Harvard titled "Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service" reveals surprising insight into the opinions of young adults on politics.

Forty-five percent, for example, believe that the economy is the most important issue facing America today, while some of President Obama's signature issues barely register a blip on the radar.

Only four percent cite "Immigration" as being the most important, one percent cite the "environment", and only one percent cite "economic equality/inequality."

Gun control did not make the list.

Sixty-one percent of young adults do not approve of the way Obama is handling the economy, while 33 percent approve. Fifty-four percent disapprove President Obama's overall job performance.

Surprisingly, although more young people claim to be democrat as opposed to republican, 37 percent of millennials say that "when it comes to most political issues," they consider themselves to be "conservative," while only 33 percent claim to be "liberal."

Only 14 percent said that America is "generally headed in the right direction," while a whopping 49 percent believe America is "off on the wrong track."

One of the striking findings was that when asked whether they believe that the "quality of care will get better, get worse or stay about the same" under Obamacare, only 17 percent said it would "get better," and 44 percent said it would "get worse."

In what is clearly not good for Obama's signature health law, only 20 percent said they would enroll in the Affordable Care Act, while 22 percent said that they would enroll in Obamacare (clearly not everyone knows it is the same thing).

Only 22 percent of young adults said that they were "politically engaged or politically active."

Follow Renee Nal on Twitter @ReneeNal and Facebook.

Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and Tavern Keepers for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.



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