In the survey of likely voters conducted after the presumptive Republican nominee selected Paul Ryan as his running mate, President Barack Obama received less than a majority of the vote — 49 percent — among respondents ages 19 to 29, while Romney got 41 percent.
“This is the first time I am seeing Romney’s numbers this high among 18-to-29-year-olds,” John Zogby, JZ Analytics managing director, told the Washington Times.“This could be trouble for Obama, who needs every young voter he can get.”
In 2008, Obama received an overwhelming 66 percent of the youth vote, the highest percentage for a Democrat in three decades.
Overall, the poll had Obama and Romney tied at 46 percent. The Obama/Joe Biden ticket had a substantial lead among voters ages 30 to 49, but trailed the Romney/Ryan ticket among those 50 to 64, and was more than 20 percentage points behind among voters 65 and over.