Young voters are engaged and voting for Obama by a 2 to 1 margin

From Gallup:

America’s youngest voters are mindful of history and the impact on their own lives as they prepare to cast ballots on Nov. 4. Among 18- to 29-year-old registered voters surveyed for a USA Today/MTV/Gallup poll, 61% support the Obama-Biden ticket, versus 32% who prefer the McCain-Palin ticket, with Obama’s voters being far more likely to be certain about their vote than McCain’s.

The survey includes cell phone respondents.

Gallup’s “bottom line”:

A majority of 18- to 29-year-olds are registered to vote in this election and have given it a lot of thought. They prefer Barack Obama, both as an alternative to John McCain, but also as the candidate who is the most likely to understand their problems and to bring positive change to their own lives. Casting a ballot for Obama also carries the excitement of making history. Nearly 8 in 10 consider this election to be more important than other elections, if not the most important in the past 50 years. What remains to be seen is how many of this highly sought-after demographic will in fact turn out and vote on Election Day, and thus help to determine the winner.

Young voters do seem especially engaged this year, at least on the Obama side. And, the Obama campaign is making an unprecedented effort, using all the new tools in the technological toolbox, to insure they vote.

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