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It's a -- segment tonight the presidential election last year's 60% of voters under the age of thirty cast their ballots for Barack Obama.
Only 37% voted for governor Romney and I was a margin of victory for the president.
Yesterday the College Republican National Committee released a report analyzing why younger voters are leaning Democrat.
Joining us now from Washington and other primary -- -- that report Alex Smith and Kristen -- its missiles as begin with the -- what's the headline of your report.
I think headline is that Republicans are in big trouble with young voters that there are a lot of opportunities.
For the GOP to win them back that's that's a general had.
Are -- what I want is a specific reason younger Americans are voting Democrat.
One of the big reasons is there's a sense among young people that Republicans don't have an answer.
To the problems they're facing -- -- today that are affecting their pocketbooks and affecting their lives all right let me -- -- -- -- -- -- let me stop you.
So want to be very precise on on your study.
How can that be possible.
When Barack Obama presides over an economy for four years that's dismal.
How can it be possible that younger Americans don't equate the -- -- the United States with the dismal economy.
So we're finding that young people give Obama an a for effort in data point after data point in our study we asked questions about the state of the economy.
And whether or not they thought that president Obama's policies had made them better off.
And the consistent answer was no we don't think it's actually made anything better we think the economy's pretty bad.
But when you ask -- those who approve of President Obama why they do the number one -- they come back which is try -- trial.
Now that sounds pretty immature ms.
Doesn't sound like a very objective analytical.
Are for want to the better word so why should I care about this study -- why -- the Republican Party care about a bunch of kids who don't know anything.
And they liked the guy just because he's flashy.
Com what does that what message does that send the deal -- Well to be quite frank bell -- Republican Party ignores -- voters are continues to do so.
We risk losing every National League -- every publisher party and Mitt Romney ignored younger voters do you believe they did that.
I'm not saying that there is an institutional.
Neglect of younger voters but certainly that's the way younger voters fell is that that they -- reached by.
By the campaign I don't either Republican Party why -- -- when I cover the campaign certainly Barack Obama is more younger and hipper than that -- No -- But as far as substance was concerned.
That I didn't see a big difference in the two presentations -- both promise to do everything for everybody.
All part of our part really focuses on the media -- which -- campaigns communicated with younger voters and in the future we simply have to meet younger voters where they all -- I'm -- and news and yes I'm -- buck a share what we have spent we have to have me a Republican candidate who tweets.
Yes -- not.
One of them.
Most interesting part of our study was that.
It's not necessarily a coolness factor in fact before any of the political questions were asked in the the survey that -- did we asked younger voters to describe how they view themselves and cool estimated into the single digits 5%.
Wanted it wanted to see themselves as cool they want to be seen as hard working intelligent and competent and responsible.
Photos all eyes are all hallmarks of the Republican Party.
-- it I work hard.
But it seems something is being lost now I know gay marriage is a big deal when new and younger Americans.
I think that's a good thing I did.
Those social issues affect your study missiles.
So then you cripple the social issues together they're there is a big difference and how young people -- the issue of abortion.
Vs the issue of gay marriage an issue of gay marriage there's undeniably a gap between where young people are.
The sort of the official position of the Republican Party funny -- abortion young voters are just as likely to say they're pro life is they artists say they're pro choice.
There's not really a generation gap on that issue quite like you see young gay -- if we don't think that the social issues make it impossible for Republicans.
Candidates to win young voters I do think that the economic issues though are the ones where they're gonna have to win the battle in -- -- win more young but I zone on how you do that when the economic issues on the democratic side are dismal.
Yet the younger voters don't accept that as long as somebody is just -- So I think the Democrats aren't shooting well but they think if Republicans can prove how we can solve problem a little -- -- MLB can't -- -- we have.
Chance you know when it comes down to a charismatic candidate who can reach younger people and use words they understand it comes -- a personality that's what it comes down to.
Ladies thanks very much very interesting we.
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