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          OCCUPY WASHINGTON: Here's How Obama May Have Killed The Youth Vote

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          As Obama's reelection team cranks up efforts to win back the Democratic base, the campaign seems to be counting on energizing the youth voters who turned out for Obama in record numbers in 2008.

          But replicating that support will be a lot tougher this time around. The president — who won 66% of the vote among 18-to-29-year-olds in '08 — is markedly less popular than he was when he took office. Recent polls show his approval rating among young voters has slipped below 40%.

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          according to recent polls.

          A new survey of 18-to-34-year-old workers illustrates why young voters are unlikely to be excited by Obama this time around. The poll, released today, found that about half of young workers are frustrated with their financial situation, and believe they will be worse off than their parents. Overall, the data suggests that Obama's campaign has a tough task ahead.

          Just over half of young workers have seen their wages increase over the past four years, leaving 46% with stagnant or even decreased earnings.

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          Source: Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          Nearly half of young Americans are in debt — 42% owe more than $5,000 (and that doesn't include a mortgage)

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          Source: Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          They are struggling under exploding student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical bills.

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          Source: Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          A staggering 71% of uninsured young workers can't afford health coverage, don't receive coverage from their employer, or have been denied coverage.

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          Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          Source: Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          An overwhelming 91% of young voters want Congress to focus on job creation.

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          Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          Source: Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          Almost half of young workers have delayed buying a home because of the poor economy, while 33% have delayed moving out on their own. Delays are more common among minorities.

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          Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          Source: Lake Research Partners/Bellwether Research and Consulting

          But there's good news! Despite their frustrations, 77% of young people STILL believe they can achieve the American Dream.

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          Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

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