The Next Electorate

I wrote last month about how the economy could shift the youth vote more toward a GOP candidate. A report out today by Young Invincibles and Demos, called "The State of Young America," finds that even though young people are still optimistic about their future, they are the first generation to be worse off than their parents in many respects.

"Compared with the generation coming of age three decades ago, many young people today earn lower wages but must pay more for health care, child care and housing," the report says. "Even as higher education is more important than ever to economic success, the price of a degree continues to soar beyond the reach of millions. The reality is that it is simply harder to work or educate one’s way into the middle class."