Barack Obama

By Sebastian Payne
September 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s support among younger Americans has dropped again, matching his all-time low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The president now has a 43 percent approval rating among adults 18-29, which is nearly half of what it was at the beginning of his presidency.

This is not uncharted territory for the president: he first hit an all-time low of 43 percent in November 2013 in this age category, during the time of the troubled Healthcare.gov launch. In 2009, Obama had an 84 percent approval rating in this age bracket, which is one of his core constituencies,.

His support from 18-29-year-olds has been waning slowly for some time. A similar Post-ABC poll from September 2011 marked the first time his approval ratings dropped below 50 percent among young people, during the budget battles and struggling economy that year.

But back then, his ratings were still higher among younger people than other age categories. Obama had a 43 percent approval rating among 30- to 64-year-olds and 40 percent from 65+ in September 2011. But for the first time in today’s poll, his approval numbers from younger Americans are now the same as the other two categories.

Obama’s handling of immigration and international affairs appears to be chiefly responsible for his declining support. He has reached a new low of 30 percent approval among 18- to 29-year-olds on international affairs, compared to 50 percent in July.

Interestingly, 23 percent of young Americans believe the president is too aggressive in his handling of international affairs — almost four or five times that of the other age categories. This poll does not take into account his promised plan to deal with Islamic State. In comparison, 40 percent of 18-29 years think he is too cautious, compared to 57 percent for the 65+ voters.

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