Generation Y (18-29 year olds) Nationwide Voter Survey • June 2012

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Generation Y (18-29 year olds) Nationwide Voter Survey • June 2012
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Generation Y (18-29 year olds) Nationwide Voter Survey • June 2012
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SURVEY INFORMATION AND METHODOLOGY
CLIENT SAMPLE UNIVERSE SAMPLE SIZE INTERVIEW DATES INTERVIEWING CONDUCTED BY Hiram College – Garfield Institute for Public Leadership Generation Y (18-29) Registered Voters N=600 Margin of error: +/- 4% June 5-12, 2012 Live telephone interviewing via landline and cell phone Clarus Research Group Dr. Ron Faucheux, President/Chief Analyst Michael Hutshneker, Analyst Columns do not always add up to 100% because of rounding. An * in the table indicates a percentage that is 0.4% or less.

EXPLANATION

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KEY FINDINGS
• The Democratic Party is nowviewed favorably by 56% of voters under 30, that’s the same as it was in the January survey. • It should be noted that 50% of independents view the Democratic Party favorably. • The Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 42% of young voters, that’s down 3 points since January. • It should be noted that 33% of independents view the Republican Party favorably. • President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 13 points among registered voters surveyed (and by 14 points among likely voters). While Obama is doing better among young voters than he is among voters nationally (an average of nationwide surveys now give Obama a 1-2 point lead), his advantage over Romney is much smaller than his Election Day performance in 2008, when he defeated John McCain by 33% among voters under 30. • This data provides strong evidence that Obama has important work to do to shore up his support among younger voters––this is especially true among white voters under 30, a constituency Obama now loses by 6 points. • A majority of voters surveyed, 57%, say Obama has met or exceeded their expectations as President while 38% say he’s fallen below expectations.

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KEY FINDINGS (Continued)

• The Democratic Party is clearly seen as the party that best understands the problems of people under 30. • It is also clearly seen as the party that will make education more affordable, the party that will make sure Social Security and Medicare will be available for Generation Y and the party that has the best plans to create jobs for young people entering the work force. • On which party has the best policies to improve the economy, however, Democrats have a narrow 3-point lead over Republicans. • Republicans are seen as the party that will best protect America’s ability to compete with other countries around the world and as the party that will bring down the federal budget deficit. • Voters surveyed are consistently split on who has the ability to strengthen the economy and create jobs: • Obama and Romney tie, as do the two parties. • A slightly greater amount of young voters (+4%) say small businesses over large businesses and 6% more say government over private business.

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KEY FINDINGS (Continued)

• Voters under 30 are much more optimistic about nation’s future than pessimistic, although the level of
optimism (now 63%) is down a little from January, when it was 68%. • Democrats are more optimistic (73%) than Republicans (52%) and independents (59%). • Respondents were a little less optimistic about the future of the economy than the future of the country in general (58% vs. 63%). • 87% of voters under 30 believe a college degree gives people a better chance to make more money––although only 45% said a “much” better chance while 42% said a “little” better chance. Only 11% said it would not give them a better chance. • 85% of voters under 30 believe a college degree gives people a better chance of having a meaningful career that uses their best talents ––50% said a “much” better chance while 35% said a “little” better chance. • 72% of voters under 30 believe that by the time they retire it is likely that the Social Security system will go broke and won’t be able to pay full retirement benefits––43% said “very” likely while 29% said “fairly” likely. • A majority of voters surveyed (57%) oppose universal public service while 36% support it. • Support is highest among blacks, Democrats and respondents in the South.

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AWARENESS & FAVORABILITY I am going to read the names of political parties and groups. For each one,
please tell me if you are familiar with that party or group and, if so, whether you have a STRONGLY favorable, SOMEWHAT favorable, SOMEWHAT unfavorable or a STRONGLY unfavorable opinion of them.

Favorable Unfavorable Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Democratic Party Republican Party 28% 15 28% 27 16% 24 16% 21

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Democratic Party
GENDER All Strongly favorable Somewhat favorable Somewhat unfavorable Strongly unfavorable 28 16 16 PARTY AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 39 10 12 24 17 18 35 13 14 24 18 15 32 12 11 REGION MW 26 17 18 S 25 16 17 W 31 17 15 RACE 2012 VOTE Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 53% 36 2 2 2% 17 35 35 26 16 18 31 15 17 28 19 21 28 3 6 27 14 4

Male Female Dem. Rep. 2% 12 10 37 27 20 22 29 12 10 33 1 2

28% 19% 36% 59%

11% 29% 25% 28% 34% 24% 29% 24% 33% 28% 21% 55% 35%

Republican Party
GENDER All Strongly favorable Somewhat favorable Somewhat unfavorable Strongly unfavorable 27 24 21 PARTY AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 3% 30 21 16 28 28 19 28 23 21 27 20 22 32 25 21 REGION MW 25 22 24 S 27 23 21 W 26 27 19 RACE 2012 VOTE Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 4% 22 27 39 7% 18 32 23 2% 17 35 38 37% 39 9 2 28 23 23 27 24 21 31 21 17

Male Female Dem. Rep. 2% 14 40 38 43% 42 5 2 32 22 18 23 26 24

15% 16% 14%

15% 15% 18% 12% 17% 16% 15% 18% 15% 19%

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION If the election for President were being held today, and you had to make a choice, who
would you vote for… Barack Obama, the Democrat, or Mitt Romney, the Republican?

GENDER All Barack Obama Mitt Romney Neither
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 27 13 16 37 5 8 RACE 34 5 8 42 7 7 33 8 5

REGION MW 38 6 6 S 40 6 8 W 34 3 10

Male Female Dem. Rep. 5% 88 3 5 42 8 7 32 3 8 5 2 4

50% 42% 57% 88% 37 5 7

42% 50% 52% 45% 54% 50% 46% 53%

Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Barack Obama Mitt Romney Neither
(Volunteered)

53% 52% 41% 80% 63% 39 3 5 36 5 7 47 5 7 6 6 7 20 7 9

Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

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OBAMA’S JOB PERFORMANCE Compared to what you expected of Barack Obama before he was first elected
president, would you say that his job performance since then has exceed your expectations, met your expectations or has fallen below your expectations?

GENDER All Exceeded expectations Met expectations Fallen below expectations Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 8% 41 43 9 9% 50 35 5 4% 51 41 5 43 40 5 49 35 6

REGION MW 52 39 5 S 44 38 5 W 53 40 4

Male Female Dem. Rep. 6% 46 44 5 10% 11% 52 33 5 67 19 3 4% 31 61 4

8% 49 38 5

11% 9% 5% 12% 3%

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Exceeded expectations Met expectations Fallen below expectations Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

9% 53 35 3

7% 53 35 5

4% 48 45 3

26% 11% 58 10 6 44 35 10

14% 68 15 3

1% 28 67 4

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RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONGRESS NOT GETTING MORE DONE Who do you think is more
responsible for the inability of Congress to get more done these days… would you say it’s mostly the fault of President Obama and the Democrats …or… would you say it’s mostly the fault of the Republicans?

GENDER All President Obama and the Democrats Republicans Both equally at fault
(Volunteered) (Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE

REGION MW S W

Male Female Dem. Rep. 8% 61 16 14

27% 31% 23% 34 23 16 30 26 13 39 20 18

58% 18% 24% 26% 30% 28% 23% 28% 27% 9 24 8 23 32 27 RACE 37 21 17 33 23 18 31 27 12 44 16 12 38 21 17 30 26 16 31 25 17

Don’t know/No answer

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney President Obama and the Democrats Republicans Both equally at fault
(Volunteered) (Volunteered)

26% 27% 31% 11% 21% 38 22 14 34 23 16 31 23 15 51 20 18 38 24 17

9% 60 17 15

53% 9 28 10

Don’t know/No answer

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PARTY CONTROL ONE OR TWO OF THE HOUSES OF CONGRESS In November’s election, it’s
possible that either the Democrats or the Republicans could win control of the two houses of Congress. For the country’s sake, do you think it would be better for one party to control both houses of Congress …or… do you think it would be better for each party to control one house of Congress?

GENDER All One party to control both houses One party to control one house Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 54 20 58 9 55 10 47 11 50 11

REGION MW 56 10 S 52 12 W 57 7

Male Female Dem. Rep. 51 9 56 11 55 8 52 5

36% 39% 33% 37% 43% 26% 33% 34% 42% 39% 35% 35% 36% 54 10

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney One party to control both houses One party to control one house Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

40% 38% 36% 43% 32% 51 9 51 10 55 9 45 13 54 14

37% 55 9

41% 52 8

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PARTY PREFERENCE
70%   60%   50%   40%   30%   20%   10%   0%  
Best  understands   Will  make   Will  make  sure   Has  the  best   the  problems  of   educaBon  more   Social  Security   plans  to  create   people  under  30.     affordable.     and  Medicare   jobs  for  young   will  be  available   people  entering   for  people  of   the  work  force.     your  generaBon.     Has  the  best   Puts  the   Will  best  protect   Will  bring  down   policies  to   country’s  interest  America’s  ability   the  federal   improve  the   ahead  of   to  compete  with   budget  deficit.     economy.     parBsan  poliBcs.     other  countries   around  the   world.  

66%   59%   50%   47%   42%   33%   26%   19%   21%   28%   39%   38%   33%   31%   47%   49%  

DemocraBc  Party    

Republican  Party    
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PARTY PREFERENCE

I am now going to read to you a number of statements. Please tell me whether each statement best describes the (ROTATE) Democratic Party or the Republican Party.

Democratic Republican Party Party Best understands the problems of people under 30. Will make education more affordable. Will make sure Social Security and Medicare will be available for people of your generation. Has the best plans to create jobs for young people entering the work force. Has the best policies to improve the economy. Puts the country’s interest ahead of partisan politics. Will best protect America’s ability to compete with other countries around the world. Will bring down the federal budget deficit. 66% 59 50 19% 21 26

(Volunteered)

Neither 6% 8 13

Don’t know/ No answer
(Volunteered)

9% 11 11

47 42 38 33 31

33 39 28 47 49

8 6 19 7 7

12 13 15 12 13

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Best understands the problems of people under 30.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 13 12 20 18 4 9 16 7 9 21 9 9 14 5 12

REGION MW 18 8 12 S 22 8 6 W 18 4 9

RACE

2012 VOTE

Male Female Dem. Rep. 24 7 9 14 6 10 3 1 2 45 9 9

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 90% 4 1 5 38% 42 9 11 20 6 6 17 9 5 23 8 9 3 2 5 14 6 12

66% 61% 70% 93% 38% 55% 69% 68% 60% 69% 62% 63% 70% 68% 69% 60% 91% 68% 19 6 9

Will make education more affordable.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 17 14 22 22 6 12 19 9 10 24 11 12 23 5 7

REGION MW 20 10 16 S 24 7 9 W 17 12 14

Male Female Dem. Rep. 24 10 9 19 7 13 4 4 5 48 9 10

RACE 2012 VOTE Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 83% 5 4 7 32% 46 10 12 23 8 10 20 12 7 25 10 13 11 3 5 14 7 10

59% 57% 61% 86% 33% 47% 60% 62% 53% 66% 54% 60% 56% 59% 62% 52% 81% 69% 21 8 11

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Will make sure Social Security and Medicare will be available for people of your generation.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 21 21 21 25 8 11 26 16 12 27 18 8 17 17 7

REGION MW 25 11 13 S 31 13 9 W 29 13 13

RACE

2012 VOTE

Male Female Dem. Rep. 28 15 9 25 11 12 8 8 7 57 14 6

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 75% 7 9 8 22% 56 12 9 26 13 8 23 19 6 32 14 12 9 6 5 20 15 9

50% 47% 52% 78% 23% 37% 57% 46% 47% 59% 51% 47% 45% 53% 52% 42% 80% 56% 26 13 11

Has the best plans to create jobs for young people entering the work force.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 26 17 24 31 5 12 32 8 13 38 9 12 29 9 12

REGION MW 34 5 9 S 33 10 10 W 35 7 18

Male Female Dem. Rep. 41 10 10 26 6 14 9 4 9 72 5 6

RACE 2012 VOTE Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 75% 10 6 10 15% 70 4 11 35 7 10 32 9 10 39 8 13 8 7 6 27 9 11

47% 39% 55% 78% 18% 32% 52% 47% 41% 50% 52% 47% 40% 48% 49% 40% 78% 52% 33 8 12

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Has the best policies to improve the economy.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 28 10 30 41 4 13 39 6 13 38 7 14 36 4 11

REGION MW 42 6 14 S 39 6 13 W 40 6 14

RACE

2012 VOTE

Male Female Dem. Rep. 9% 81 3 7 46 6 12 32 5 14 15 5 7

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 71% 13 5 11 9% 78 3 10 40 5 10 40 6 9 48 6 13 13 6 9 26 5 15

42% 35% 49% 74% 39 6 13

32% 42% 42% 41% 50% 38% 42% 40% 45% 45% 33% 72% 54%

Puts the country’s interest ahead of partisan politics.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 14 30 29 32 16 16 25 21 14 28 21 14 21 17 18

REGION MW 25 21 16 S 31 18 12 W 32 21 16

Male Female Dem. Rep. 34 21 11 23 17 18 12 12 11 61 20 9

RACE 2012 VOTE Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 64% 9 14 14 10% 58 20 11 29 21 10 23 27 10 33 20 15 13 12 11 22 20 19

38% 34% 42% 65% 10% 27% 36% 39% 36% 44% 38% 39% 31% 41% 40% 32% 64% 39% 28 19 15

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Will best protect America’s ability to compete with other countries around the world.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 38 12 24 49 5 14 47 9 10 46 9 13 42 6 12

REGION MW 43 8 14 S 50 6 11 W 52 9 14

RACE

2012 VOTE

Male Female Dem. Rep. 8% 84 3 5 58 9 8 37 5 17 26 6 10

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 56% 24 8 12 8% 81 2 9 47 6 9 47 10 8 54 7 12 23 6 6 39 9 18

33% 26% 41% 58% 47 7 12

25% 32% 34% 33% 41% 35% 33% 26% 38% 38% 27% 65% 35%

Will bring down the federal budget deficit.
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Neither (Volunteered) Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 36 14 26 51 5 13 47 8 13 50 10 11 46 8 14

REGION MW 46 8 13 S 51 7 11 W 50 7 14

Male Female Dem. Rep. 8% 85 2 4 57 9 10 40 6 15 29 7 10

RACE 2012 VOTE Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney 52% 28 8 12 9% 80 4 7 51 7 9 49 10 8 55 8 13 35 10 5 35 4 17

31% 24% 39% 54% 49 7 13

24% 31% 32% 29% 32% 33% 31% 30% 33% 33% 25% 50% 44%

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STRENGETHING THE ECONOMY AND CREATING MORE JOBS Thinking more about the economy…
who do you believe has the ability to strengthen the economy and create more jobs…?

Obama   Romney  

43%   43%   43%   43%   47%   43%   43%   49%   0%   5%   10%   15%   20%   25%   30%   35%   40%   45%   50%  

DemocraBc  Party   Republican  Party  

Small  business   Large  business  

Private  business   Government  

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STRENGETHING THE ECONOMY AND CREATING MORE JOBS Thinking more about the economy…
who do you believe has the ability to strengthen the economy and create more jobs…?

Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
GENDER All Obama Romney Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 31 29 45 11 44 15 41 17 40 15

REGION MW 48 11 S 45 12 W 40 20

Male Female Dem. Rep. 42 14 44 14 48 10 48 7

43% 44% 42% 42% 45% 40% 43% 41% 43% 45% 41% 44% 39% 43 14

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Obama Romney Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

42% 41% 41% 50% 43% 48 10 46 13 45 14 44 6 35 22

46% 46 9

45% 49 6

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STRENGETHING THE ECONOMY AND CREATING MORE JOBS Thinking more about the economy…
who do you believe has the ability to strengthen the economy and create more jobs…?

The Democratic Party or The Republican Party?
GENDER All Democratic Party Republican Party Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 31 31 43 12 41 13 48 16 40 14

REGION MW 43 14 S 47 12 W 40 16

Male Female Dem. Rep. 44 13 43 14 47 10 49 3

43% 43% 43% 43% 48% 37% 45% 46% 35% 46% 43% 41% 44% 43 13

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Democratic Party Republican Party Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

45% 44% 42% 43% 49% 45 10 45 11 44 15 48 9 39 12

44% 46 10

48% 45 7

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STRENGETHING THE ECONOMY AND CREATING MORE JOBS Thinking more about the economy…
who do you believe has the ability to strengthen the economy and create more jobs…?

Small businesses or Large businesses?
GENDER All Small businesses Large businesses Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 37 22 49 7 47 11 45 12 44 11

REGION MW 43 12 S 47 9 W 53 9

Male Female Dem. Rep. 50 9 44 11 54 6 46 6

43% 41% 45% 41% 48% 41% 44% 42% 43% 45% 44% 44% 38% 47 10

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Small businesses Large businesses Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

41% 44% 42% 44% 46% 51 7 48 8 48 10 46 10 44 10

41% 50 9

46% 45 8

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STRENGETHING THE ECONOMY AND CREATING MORE JOBS Thinking more about the economy…
who do you believe has the ability to strengthen the economy and create more jobs…?

Private business or Government?
GENDER All Private business Government Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 44 14 42 12 44 6 42 7 42 11

REGION MW 37 12 S 42 5 W 49 9

Male Female Dem. Rep. 45 5 40 11 38 10 47 2

49% 49% 49% 52% 50% 42% 46% 51% 52% 48% 51% 52% 42% 43 8

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Private business Government Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

50% 50% 51% 46% 44% 43 7 45 5 41 8 50 4 43 14

51% 38 11

48% 49 3

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FUTURE OF AMERICA Thinking about America’s future as a country, would you say you are very optimistic,
somewhat optimistic, somewhat pessimistic, or very pessimistic? GENDER All Male Female Dem. 14% 11% 17% 18% Very Optimistic 49 47 50 55 Somewhat Optimistic 63 58 67 73 TOTAL OPTIMISTIC 25 25 19 Somewhat Pessimistic 25 9 13 6 5 Very Pessimistic 34 38 31 24 TOTAL PESSIMISTIC Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY Rep. 8% 44 52 37 10 47 2

AGE

REGION S 19% 41 60 26 9 35 4 W 11% 55 66 23 9 32 2

Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE MW 16% 13% 13% 17% 11% 11% 43 53 46 46 56 49 59 66 59 63 57 60 21 24 28 22 24 27 13 8 9 11 7 10 34 32 37 33 31 37 7 RACE 2 4 4 2012 VOTE 3 2

3

4

2

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Very Optimistic Somewhat Optimistic TOTAL OPTIMISTIC Somewhat Pessimistic Very Pessimistic TOTAL PESSIMISTIC Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

Likely College Voter Grad White 15% 14% 8% 51 66 24 8 32 2 47 61 30 7 37 3 49 57 30 10 40 3

Black Other Obama Romney 32% 24% 20% 7% 50 82 10 6 16 1 45 69 18 7 25 6 54 74 18 4 22 3 43 50 35 12 47 2

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FUTURE OF AMERICAN ECONOMY Thinking about the economy over the next year, would you say you are very
optimistic, somewhat optimistic, somewhat pessimistic, or very pessimistic? GENDER All 8% 50 58 31 8 39 3 Male Female Dem. 8% 9% 10% 47 54 61 55 63 71 31 31 26 11 5 2 42 37 28 3 2 2 PARTY Rep. 3% 42 45 38 15 53 2 AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 12% 8% 6% 11% 44 54 50 49 56 62 56 60 30 30 35 27 9 6 7 12 39 36 42 39 6 RACE Likely College Voter Grad White 8% 5% 4% 52 60 32 7 39 1 56 61 30 6 36 2 52 56 32 10 42 2 2 3 2 2012 VOTE NE 3% 58 61 29 6 35 3 REGION MW S W 8% 12% 5% 54 45 49 62 57 54 25 33 34 11 6 9 36 39 53 1 3 3

Very Optimistic Somewhat Optimistic TOTAL OPTIMISTIC Somewhat Pessimistic Very Pessimistic TOTAL PESSIMISTIC Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

Very Optimistic Somewhat Optimistic TOTAL OPTIMISTIC Somewhat Pessimistic Very Pessimistic TOTAL PESSIMISTIC Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

Black Other Obama Romney 22% 14% 11% 5% 41 63 30 4 34 3 52 66 25 4 29 5 60 71 24 2 26 2 41 46 39 14 53 1

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BETTER CHANCE TO EARN MORE MONEY WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE Do you believe having a
college degree gives you a much better chance to make more money, a little better chance to make more money, or no better chance to make more money?

GENDER All Much better A little better No better Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 40 17 6 39 9 3 46 13 1 40 12 1 37 15 *

REGION MW 42 15 * S 41 11 4 W 46 5 1

Male Female Dem. Rep. 43 13 2 40 10 2 41 7 * 44 12 1

45% 42% 48% 52% 42% 38% 49% 40% 46% 48% 43% 44% 47% 42 11 2

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Much better A little better No better Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

50% 40% 42% 39% 61% 39 11 1 47 12 * 44 12 2 44 15 2 31 6 3

51% 40 8 1

48% 42 9 1

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BETTER CHANCE TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL CAREER WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE Do you
believe having a college degree gives you a much better chance to have a meaningful career that uses your best talents, a little better chance to have a meaningful career that uses your best talents, or no better chance to have a meaningful career that uses your best talents? GENDER All Much better A little better No better Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 37 13 4 36 6 2 42 12 3 27 19 1 36 11 2

REGION MW 38 14 * S 29 14 4 W 43 10 2

Male Female Dem. Rep. 36 16 2 34 9 2 30 10 2 40 15 1

50% 46% 55% 58% 43% 46% 56% 42% 53% 52% 48% 54% 45% 35 12 2

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Much better A little better No better Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

52% 57% 46% 64% 56% 34 13 1 30 11 3 40 11 2 14 19 3 29 12 3

57% 33 9 1

45% 37 17 1

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SOCIAL SECURITY GOING BROKE BEFORE YOU RETIRE Between now and the time you retire, how
likely do you think it is that the Social Security system will go broke and won’t be able to pay full retirement benefits––very likely, fairly likely, not too likely, or not likely at all? GENDER All Very likely Fairly likely Not too likely Not likely at all Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY Rep. 50% 26 17 4 3 Ind. 48% 23 13 6 10

AGE 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 36% 30 20 7 7 44% 34 13 4 5 22 16 5 3 33 15 5 5

REGION MW 25 22 6 4 S 28 14 7 6 W 30 16 5 6

Male Female Dem. 44% 29 16 6 5 35% 35 18 7 5 29 17 6 5

43% 42% 29 16 6 5

54% 42% 43% 44% 43%

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Very likely Fairly likely Not too likely Not likely at all Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

42% 45% 43% 44% 45% 31 16 6 4 29 17 6 3 31 16 4 6 27 17 10 2 22 16 11 6

35% 32 20 8 5

51% 30 13 3 3

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UNIVERSAL PUBLIC SERVICE Do you think Congress should pass a law requiring universal public service for all
Americans that would include service either in the military or in non-military programs such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America––yes or no?

GENDER All Yes No Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

PARTY

AGE Ind. 18-22 23-26 27-29 NE 55 11 55 7 60 6 56 6 61 6

REGION MW 63 5 S 50 6 W 60 7

Male Female Dem. Rep. 62 4 53 9 52 5 66 4

36% 34% 39% 43% 30% 34% 39% 34% 39% 33% 32% 43% 33% 57 6

RACE

2012 VOTE

Likely College Voter Grad White Black Other Obama Romney Yes No Don’t know/No answer
(Volunteered)

37% 31% 31% 58% 43% 59 4 64 6 63 6 36 6 51 7

42% 53 5

32% 64 4

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