Majority of youngest voters would recall Obama

December 4, 2013

Young people, who played a major role in putting President Obama in the White House in 2008 and keeping him there after 2012, now say they would vote to recall the president if given the chance.

A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll shows 52 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they would vote to recall Obama. Among young people aged 18 to 29, the number is 47 percent.

The question, of course, is purely hypothetical. While state and local officials can be recalled -- the most recent major example being Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who overcame a recall -- a president cannot.

While the sample group in the poll says it backed Obama by 22 points in 2012, it now says it would vote for him by only an 11-point margin in a rematch with Mitt Romney.

But Obama is hardly the only politician young people would recall. Forty-five percent of 18-to-29-year olds say they would recall their member of Congress if they could, while 52 percent say they would recall every member of Congress if they could.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments