Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg issued the following statement in response to the CNN/ORC Poll released this morning:
"This morning, CNN confirmed a trend we have been noticing on the ground for quite some time now. Young people are very concerned about a government that they see as bloated, inefficient, and, in some cases, threatening to its citizens.
"The recent scandals have only served to reinforce these views. There's a reason my generation has such a libertarian streak – we're naturally distrustful of government power and not convinced that those in positions of authority always have our best interests at heart.”
According to CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, the overall drop in the President's approval rating was "fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30."
Highlights from the poll among 18-34 year olds:
• 60% believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens
• 57% disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the economy
• Only 30% approve of the way President Obama is handling the federal budget deficit
• Overall, 48% approve and 50% disapprove of the way President Obama is handling his job as President, bringing his job approval numbers among this demographic underwater for the first time in recent memory
For comparison, last month's survey found that 63% approved of the President's job approval while only 34% disapproved.
Full results and methodology available from CNN: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2013/images/06/17/rel7a.pdf
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