From www.democracycorps.com comes more bad news for the Party That Bush Ruined: (In PDF Format) The looming disaster Republicans face among younger voters represents a setback that could haunt them for many generations to come. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lead Rudy Giuliani-the most acceptable of the Republican offerings among youth-by significant margins, assembling a diverse coalition of support and leading the vote among independents. Exploring attitudes toward the parties themselves, young voters' reaction to fundamental issues and their perceptions of the GOP suggest a fundamental alienation from the Republican Party, a crisis that will not leave with the Bush administration.
Young people react with hostility to the Republicans on almost every measure and younger voters disagree on almost every major issue of the day. The range of the issue disagreements range from the most prominent issues of the day (Iraq, immigration) to burning social issues (gay marriage, abortion) to fundamental ideological disagreements over the size and scope of goverment. This leaves both potential Democratic nominees with substantial leades over Rudy Giuliani, but importantly, both Democrats still have some room to grow their support among younger voters. The current problems with the Republican brand are not fully reflected in young peoples' preferences in for President. The youth vote was what got the first Clinton elected. Old white guys, ignore it at your peril.