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Young voters sour on President Obama, creating worry for Democrats, opportunity for Republicans

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Young people were inspired by President Obama’s message of hope and change. They believed government could do good, and big, things. And in droves they volunteered, campaigned, and voted for Democrats by margins they had never done before. But now there are signs that movement could be coming to a close.

Millennial voters — those ages 18 to 29 — are increasingly souring on Obama and, by extension, Democrats. It’s a trend line that top Democrats are worried about, and one that top Republicans are trying to exploit leading into the 2014 midterm elections.

Students are increasingly turned off by politics, and by the Democratic Party. Even those who were enthusiastic about Obama say they are jaded by gridlock, disillusioned by a president they thought would be transformational.

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