WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — President Barack Obama is not winning over the Millennials.
A new poll released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics reveals 52 percent of voters under the age of 25 would recall Obama.
Among 25- to 29-year-old voters, the poll found that 40 percent would recall Obama, with an overall total of 47 percent between the two groups.
The poll additionally indicated that 52 percent of Millennials would recall all members of the current Congress.
Obama’s major job approval hit has been due, in part, to the disastrous Obamacare rollout, the stagnating economy and the handling of the federal budget.
Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they disapproved of Obamacare, while 38 percent supported the law. Less than one-third said they were likely to enroll in the federal health care exchange. Forty-one percent revealed they are 50-50 about enrolling.
Fifty-six percent of voters between 18 and 24 disapproved of Obama’s job performance, while 25- to 29- year olds disapproved of Obama’s performance at a 53 percent clip. Only 41 percent of Millennials gave the president a positive approval rating.
This was Obama’s lowest approval rating since it was 46 percent in December 2011, according to the Institute of Politics.
The poll also shows that Millennials don’t feel that the country is heading in the right direction – 49 percent believe the U.S. is going the wrong way. Only 14 percent believe the country is moving along a positive trajectory.
“This drop in optimism was very pronounced among 18- to 29- year old females. The percent responding that the nation is moving in the right direction decreased by 14 percentage points from 2012 to 2013, compared to just 7 percentage points for males over the same time period,” the poll states.
The percentage of Black Millennials who believe the country is heading in the wrong direction also rose.
“In 2012, 49 percent of Black respondents believed the country was moving in the right direction. Now, less than one-in-four (24 percent) believe the country is moving in the right direction.”
The poll was conducted from Oct. 30-Nov. 11 of 2,089 young adults between the ages of 18 and 29.