Youth Vote in Iowa Not Energized For 2012 by Madeleine McAulay 3 Jan 2012 post a comment Share This: The 2012 election is quickly approaching, but the majority of youth are not inspired by the candidates, on either side of the aisle. Focus groups recently held by the Harvard Institute of Politics in Iowa exhibited the young voters’ opinions on the upcoming, Presidential election. The majority of the youth were not in full support of any particular candidate, but really, there was an overwhelming lack of support. Similar meetings were held before the 2008 election, and the outcomes were vastly different. Youth were full of inspiration and awe for candidates like Obama, Clinton, and Huckabee. Now, though, they are left with the after taste of “hope and change” and no one, in their opinion, to faithfully rally behind. The focus groups presented Ron Paul to be the most popular among young republicans and annoyed Obama supporters. Following behind Paul were Santorum and Perry. Close to none of the participants even mentioned Gingrich, but many said they were still considering Mitt Romney. Romney’s faith and “authenticity” were to blame for his support deficiency. All in all, the young voters want the “whole package”, and that is what they are not finding. -- Who the majority of the youth will rally behind is still undecided. But it is good to know that they are not all starry-eyed for President Obama.