Young Americans Swing Left, Favor Dems

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By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2007 5:10 AM CDT
Young Americans Swing Left, Favor Dems
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a health care forum in Mason City, Iowa in this April 5, 2007 file photo. Sen. Clinton's newfound caution about health care specifics has come with a price as rivals Obama and John Edwards have both laid out sweeping health care...   (Associated Press)

Young Americans are skewing left, with fewer identifying themselves as Republicans and more siding with Democrats on hot-button issues, according to a New York Times/CBS/MTV poll. Those surveyed, aged 17 to 29, are more likely than the general public to favor universal health care, gay marriage and open-door immigration.

Just 25% call themselves Republicans (down from 37% at the GOP height in 1989) while 54% intend to vote for a Democrat in 2008, though most are familiar with just two candidates, Obama and Clinton. More are paying attention to the election than at this point in 2004 (58% compared to 35%). Seventy percent  say America is on the wrong track. (Read more youth stories.)

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