ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
President Obama’s job approval rating among an important voting bloc -- 18-29 year-olds -- rose to 55 percent, a six percentage point uptick since last October, according to a poll released Thursday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Among students on four-year college, young voters who turned out for Obama in large numbers in 2008, the president’s approval rating stands at 60 percent -- a nine point increase over the past five months.
The results of the new survey were announced Wednesday by Trey Grayson, Director of Harvard Institute of Politics located at the Kennedy School of Government and the Institute’s polling director, John Della Volpe.
The young Americans were also asked whether they were more likely to vote for President Obama in 2012. Thirty-eight percent said they were, 25 percent said they planned to vote Republican and 36 percent were still undecided.
Of those surveyed, 59 percent voted for Obama in 2008 compared to 30 percent who voted for McCain and four percent who cast their ballot for another candidate.
Much like their older counterparts, the majority of 18-29 year-old voters -- 57 percent -- listed the economy as their top issue of concern, followed by health care (10 percent) and national security (6 percent).
“The overall personal financial situation for Millennials has not improved over the past year,” according to analysis of the findings by the Institute of Politics. “In February 2010 IOP polling, when asked to rate their personal financial situation 45 percent of Millennials believed their situation was ‘very’ or ‘fairly bad.’ Asked the same question in February 2011, 43 percent said the same with 55 percent describing theirs as ‘very or fairly good.’”
Their negative outlook on the economy may be one reason why members of this age group say they are pessimistic about America’s place in the world. Overall, 31 percent say they believe the country’s “standing in the world” will be worse in the next ten years compared to 23 percent who predict it will be better.
And here’s a lesson for both Obama and the field of potential Republican presidential candidates: A plurality -- 27 percent -- of Millenials say Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online tools have “more of an impact” than in-person advocacy when it comes to politics.
The survey of 3,018 18-29 year-old U.S. citizens was conducted between February 11 and March 2, 2011 and has a 2.4 percentage point margin of error.