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Young voters’ ardor for Obama has wilted

Economy has hit under-30s hard

By Alex Katz
Globe Correspondent / November 14, 2011

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Facing a dismal job market and persistent economic woes, a generation of young voters - born around 1980 and onward - has seen its fervor for Obama dissipate. The 13 percent unemployment rate among this group remains significantly higher than the national average, as many college graduates keep coming up short in their search for work. Ahead of next November, it remains unclear whether they will once again supply the pulse needed to propel Obama to a second term.

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