National Democrats looking ahead to next year’s midterm elections could be losing support from a key demographic, according to a new poll.
A majority of 18- to 29-year-olds, or so-called Millennials, disapprove of the national health care reform package signed into law by President Barack Obama, according to a new poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics. The shift in the group, which was critical to electing the Democratic president to a second term, could signal trouble on the horizon for Democrats if the new trend continues, polling officials said.
“Millennials are now looking a lot like their older brothers and sisters,” said John Della Volpe, polling director at Harvard Institute of Politics, during a Wednesday conference call.
“[It’s] certainly not helpful to Democrats looking ahead to 2014 midterms,” he said.
“We’re now seeing a sea change among this critical demographic,” added Trey Grayson, the institute’s director.
The poll found less than a third of Millennials say they’re likely to enroll in the health care exchange and that 57 percent of the demographic disapproves of “Obamacare.” Similarly, 56 percent of the group polled said they disapproved of the health care law when it was referred to in the survey as the Affordable Care Act.
“A critical factor in the election and re-election of Barack Obama, America’s 18- to 29- year-olds now rate the president’s job performance closer to that of Congress – and at the lowest level since he took office in 2009,” Grayson said.
The demographic found most Millennials believe the Affordable Care Act will bring higher costs to health care and deliver worse care.
The poll surveyed 2,089 18- to 29-year-old U.S. citizens and has a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percentage points. It was conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11.