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Harvard: Students turn on Obama, want him recalled, reject Obamacare

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The Obama thrill is gone among America’s millennials aged 18-29 just a year after they helped the president win a second term.

A new and shocking poll from Harvard University's Institute of Politics released Wednesday found that younger Americans are so disgusted with President Obama, Congress and the troubled Obamacare system that 47 percent support recalling the president and just 29 percent are planning to sign up for health insurance.

"A critical factor in the election and reelection of Barack Obama, America's 18- to 29- year-olds now rate the president's job performance closer to that of Congress -- and at the lowest level since he took office in 2009," said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson.

How bad is it? Obama’s approval rating among millennials, many with big college loans and no job, is just 41 percent. Even young blacks are tiring of the president, with his approval rating among African-Americans dropping from 84 percent seven months ago to 75 percent today.

Harvard's poll is especially troubling for Obamacare, which needs millions of younger Americans involved for it to succeed financially. The poll found that 57 disapprove of Obamacare and that there is little interest in signing up.

Worse, by a margin of more than two-to-one, 44 percent of millennials believe that the quality of their care will get worse under the Affordable Care Act and 50 percent believe their cost of care will increase.

"Young Americans aren’t daft, they know a bad deal when they see one and that is why they are abandoning the president and no amount of spin can change the facts that just like MySpace, Millennials are over Obama," said Raffi Williams, deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee.

On the issue of recalling the president and Congress, 52 would recall all members of Congress and 47 percent would junk the president, though a nearly-equal 46 percent would not recall him.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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