Most Young Adults Say They Are Worse Off Compared to Four Years Ago

November 3, 2011 | | FireDogLake |

Demos just released new comprehensive polling about the opinion of young adults. Politically the most interesting data point that stuck out for me is their finding that an overwhelmingly 68 percent of young people say it is harder for them to make ends meet now than it was four years ago. From the poll results:

  • Sixty-eight percent of young Americans believe that it has become harder to make ends meet over the past four years, since the economic and financial crisis began.
  • Latinos feel the shift more acutely; 78 percent report that it has become harder or much harder to make ends meet. Sixty-nine percent of whites and 66 percent of males agree.
Regular peoples’ answer to the basic question “are you better off than you were four years ago?” is one of the most important determining factors for an incumbent president’s re-election prospects. The answer is especially important this cycle given that economic issues have been the dominate concerns of voters. Among young voters the answer to whether they’re better off is currently an overwhelming NO.