By DANIEL HENNINGER, WONDER LAND October 3, 2012 –
Hi, I’m Marty and I’ll be your waiter for the next 40 years
Let’s revise the old saw about how people are politically liberal when they’re young and conservative as they grow older. It’s beginning to seem truer to say that when you’re young, you are basically nothing.
Yes, it’s true that opinion polls show Barack Obama holds a strong lead over Mitt Romney among voters under 30. Does this mean they all cleared time to watch the presidential debates? I doubt it. More likely a lot of young “voters” had something better to do, such as using that 90 minutes to re-watch re-runs of “Everybody Loves Raymond” on the TV Land channel.
The Pew Research Center released a survey last weekend that had some startling data about young voters’ level of interest in the 2012 election and in politics generally.
The enthusiasm that inflated the Obama hope-and-change bubble is leaking. The share of voters under 30 who are paying very close attention to this election is 18%. At this time four years ago, high interest was twice that. This time, most may not even qualify as voters: Only about 50% are certain they are registered to vote, the lowest such number Pew has measured in 16 years.