Among young voters, Obama’s popularity may not transfer
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA >> Paulos Muruts is set to cast his first presidential ballot for Hillary Clinton — if he makes it to the ballot box.
“I might need someone on Election Day to actually convince me to go out and vote,” says the 19-year-old Duke University student.
Yet mention Clinton’s would-be predecessor and Muruts’ eyes light up.
“Love President Obama,” he says. “He’s got swagger.”
Muruts represents a frustrating political reality for Clinton in her matchup against Republican nominee Donald Trump: She’ll fare far better on Election Day among voters age 1830, but she could fall short of Obama’s totals and turnouts that drove his national victories in 2008 and 2012, a new GenForward survey suggests.
The survey, conducted Sept. 1-14, found that 54 percent of voters age 18 to 30 held a negative view of Clinton. At the same time, 60 percent of respondents said they approve of Obama’s job performance.