Back in 2008, young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 cast nearly twice as many ballots for Barack Obama than for John McCain, but this time around, things are a bit more complicated and pollsters are finding that the so-called "millennial vote" is far from a sure thing for the Democratic ticket. If anything, a young reporter of Youth Radio found by analyzing Tufts University data, millennial first time voters are actually trending towards the conservative end of the spectrum compared to the rest of their generation.
During a conference call with reporters this morning, representatives from Rock the Vote and The League of Young Voters noted that voter participation campaigns their organizations (and others like them) ran were successful at getting young people to polls. In particular, Rock the Vote efforts in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania (which focused on campuses, such as the University of Florida, University of North Carolina, Drexel, and the University of Pennsylvania), increased turnout by between 25 perent and 100 percent said its president, Heather Smith. The young people that did turn out, according to CIRCLE's analysis, tended to favor Democrats—a pattern that arose in 2002—with 56 percent pulling the lever for Obama's party (compared with 40 percent voting Republican).