Millennials Desert Obama and Obamacare

“Similar to the way the unprecedented engagement of young Americans was instrumental to Barack Obama’s electoral successes in 2008 and 2012, enrollment by Millenials is also instrumental to the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act….As we head into a vital period for recruiting young people into the Marketplace, serious concerns abound..”

So concludes a major nationwide survey of 2,089 18-29-year-olds conducted by the Harvard University Institute of Politics from October 30 to November 11, 2013.

Here are some major findings:

  • 56% disapprove of the Affordable Care Act (ACT) with only 39% in favor.
  • Less than 1/3 of the uninsured under the age of 30 plan to enroll for health insurance through the exchanges.
  • By a 5-1 margin, millenials believe that health care costs will increase; by a 2-1 majority, they believe that the quality of care will decrease.
  • President Obama’s approval rating among this population has plummeted from 55% in February of 2011 to only 41% in the Harvard survey.

Those surveyed were 49% male and 51% female. The survey has a + or – error margin of 2.1%

Read the full survey here.

Barbara Lyons

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