Here’s a surprising finding: White teenagers are less enthusiastic about Barack Obama and the American future than White adults.
– 69% of black teenagers believe their standard of living will be higher than their parents, but only 36% of White teenagers expect this to be true.
– 70% of black teenagers give Barack Obama a favorable approval rating, but only 21% of White teenagers approve of his job performance.
– 92% of black adults approve of Barack Obama’s job performance, but only 35% of White adults give him a positive approval rating.
– 58% of young voters under the age of 35 believe America is in decline.
-57% of elderly voters over the age of 65 believe America is in decline.
In 2008, Barack Obama won 43% of the White vote, but defeated John McCain by 10 points with White voters 18 to 29 years old. By June 2010, 46% of White voters under 40 approved of his job performance and Obama had fallen into negative territory with White women (35% approve) and college educated White voters (54% disapprove). Only 28% of Whites now plan to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States.
The enthusiasm gap is even bigger: 46% of Whites strongly disapprove of Barack Obama’s job performance; 19% strongly approve. If Barack Obama continues to push forward with the progressive agenda, Whites will increasingly act less like the divided, apathetic majority we are accustomed to, and more like a united, racially conscious minority.
Progressives like Spock are counting on racial conflict diminishing as the Baby Boomers retire and the Greatest Generation dies off. The racial polarization between teenagers suggests otherwise.