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Harvard: Young Americans slam Obama's job on gun control, economy

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Just one in four younger Americans believe the nation is headed in the right direction, and a majority of so-called Millennials disapprove of President Obama's gun control initiatives, according to a new Harvard University poll.

Already slammed by the economy and their unemployment at a higher rate than the nation overall, the reaction of those aged 18-29 to the direction of the nation isn't a big surprise. But their lack of support for Obama-styled gun control after December's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a shock.

According to the poll for Harvard's Institute of Politics, younger Americans are evenly split on their opinion of the National Rifle Association, 38 percent for and 38 percent against. But pollsters said that Millennials had no reaction to the December shootings and panned Obama's efforts to control guns.

The poll, taken before this month's gun control votes in the Senate, found that 56 percent disapproved of Obama's handling of the issue. The pollsters said that reflected "disapproval with President Obama's proposals more than with legislative results in Congress." However, they did back the assault weapon ban and a limit on the size of magazines.

Overall, the poll of 3,103 younger Americans found no change in Obama's approval ratings in the past year. But Harvard found that post-election partisanship among Millennials is surging. One example: 85 percent of Democrats approve of Obama's job performance compared to just 11 percent of younger GOP voters.

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