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How young voters will impact the 2012 election

Youth Vote Simulator

Barack Obama won the 2008 election on the back of an unprecedented 2-to-1 margin among 18-29 year-old voters. Obama’s trail of broken promises to our generation now threatens his re-election with polls showing young Americans moving away from Obama more than any other age group. This simulator visualizes what would happen in 2012 if the youth vote changed from 2008 — even if all other age groups voted the same way they did four years ago.

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National Gained GOP Youth Votes
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Gained GOP Electoral Votes
  1. North Carolina:
    Obama+0.3%
  2. Indiana:
    Obama+1.0%
  3. Florida:
    Obama+2.8%
  4. Ohio:
    Obama+4.6%
  5. Virginia:
    Obama+6.3%
  6. New Hampshire:
    Obama+9.6%
  7. Iowa:
    Obama+9.5%

GOP % of voters ages 18-29

Move the slider to see the impact from the change in the percentage of the youth vote for the Republican candidate in 2012.

If young voters voted like they did in:

*Data based on 2008 presidential election exit polls **Data based on 2010 national House exit poll
Gallup Pew Research Center Harvard IOP
Pew Research Center
Project on Student Debt USA Today
Associated Press
Crossroads Generation Poll, N = 800 RV aged 18-29
Crossroads Generation Poll, N = 800 RV aged 18-29

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