Poll Shows Young Voters Could Turn on Democrats in 2016 Race

It’s been a worn-out phrase for decades: When you’re young, you vote with your heart; when you’re older, you vote with your head. But after six years of watching President Barack Obama fail to keep virtually every single one of his most important promises, it’s not surprising young people are starting to let their brains do a little more of the work when it comes to voting, at least according to a new poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP).

According to Harvard’s results, young Americans 18-29 say they would prefer to see a Democrat win the presidency in 2016, but the poll results mark a sharp downward shift from 2012 and 2008. IOP’s results show 55 percent of those polled would prefer a Democrat. This is down from the 60 percent who voted for Obama in 2012 the 66 percent figure of 2008, as reported by The New York Times.

Although a 5 percentage point drop doesn’t seem like Earth-shattering news, it should be remembered that the last time a Republican won the presidency, in 2004, then-Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) received 54 percent of the 18-29 vote.

What’s even more interesting is that the IOP poll shows 18-24 year olds have a slightly lower favorability of another Democrat candidate than 25-29 year olds.

Another interesting finding from the poll: Although there is no clear GOP favorite for the 2016 race among young voters, Ben Carson is currently leading the pack at 10 percent.