Over the past 36 months, Obama voters of all ages have experienced buyers’ remorse. It’s so prevalent that that isn’t news. This video, however, is news because it tells the story of how the youngest generation of voters has become disillusioned with President Obama.
This is part of a trend. Younger voters tend to be the most disillusioned because they were the most enthusiastic voters for President Obama. President Obama promised them an appealing vision for their future. College students especially bought into that vision.
President Obama’s policies have failed miserably, piling mountains of debt on the youngest generation of voters. It’s understatement to say that they’ve noticed.
They’ve noticed that there aren’t exciting new jobs waiting for them upon graduation. They’ve noticed that student loan debts are still expected to be paid. They’ve noticed that many graduates have had to move home with their parents.
Given those facts, coupled with the great awakening triggered by the TEA Party movement, have left young voters disillusioned in great numbers. This 2009 article announces the start of the buyers’ remorse ‘movement’:
An Economist/YouGov poll taken over the last week includes stunning results for the 18-29 demographic:
- By a 52-48% margin, young people say that Obama says what he thinks people want to hear rather than what he actually believes.
- By a 56-44% margin, young voters say that big government is a bigger threat than big business.
- 49% of young voters say the country is “on the wrong track”. Just 29% say the country is headed in the right direction.
- 35% of voters aged 18-29 identify themselves as Democrats, while 30% identify as Republicans. This is a much closer margin than polls had found just a short time ago.
- Just 15% of young people approve of the job the Democratic Congress is doing. 46% disapprove.
Given this level of disenchantment early in President Obama’s administration, it isn’t surprising that this type of video was made. The only surprise is why it took so long for someone to YouTube it.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Republicans can count on these younger voters. If they nominate someone seen as artificial as President Obama, these students and young voters might well stay home in droves.
What’s particularly damaging to President Obama is the belief that President Obama will say “what he thinks people want to hear rather than what he actually believes.” Buyers remorse is based as much on distrust as it is on President Obama’s economic failures.
These students remind us of an important lesson: that President Obama consistently overpromises and underachieves.