Single women, minorities, and millennials who powered President Barack Obama to reelection are not enthusiastic about the midterm elections, according to a recent CBS poll.
In 2012, single women backed Obama by 38 points. Obama received 93% of the African-American vote, 73% of Asian-American vote, and 71% of the Hispanic vote. Obama also received 60% of the 18-29 vote.
All of these critical voters are less likely to turn out this year for the midterms, according to the Washington Post‘s Plum Line, which received more detailed polling data:
- Among unmarried women, only 29 percent are more enthusiastic about voting, while 57 percent are less enthusiastic. By contrast, married women (who are more likely to vote Republican) are more enthusiastic by 45-42.
- Among nonwhites, only 31 percent are more enthusiastic about voting, while 56 percent are less enthusiastic.
- Among voters aged 18-29, only 35 percent are more enthusiastic about voting, while 45 percent are less enthusiastic.
Obama’s approval rating has been plummeting to record-low levels as Americans disapprove of his handling of illegal immigration at home and foreign policy crises abroad. According to the CBS poll, 36% of Americans approve of Obama’s foreign policy and only 31% approve of how he is handling the border crisis.