A new poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal, NBC News and the MySpace, shows that Obama is the overwhelming favorite of first time voters.
But that hardly means the Obama campaign can count on them. When asked to rank their interest in the Nov. 4 election, just 49% said they were “very interested.” By comparison, 70% of voters of all age groups said they were “very interested,” according to a separate Journal/NBC News national poll taken a week ago.
Moreover, 54% of the new voters said they would definitely vote Nov. 4.
This seems to posit that these kids are just slackers who don’t really plan to vote. My experience with students like the kids camped out in Columbus, Ohio to be the first to vote this morning, is that they are more politically involved than the media paints them. My guess is that more than 54% of the eligible first time voters show up.
Any other thoughts?