Young Obama Voters Suffering 'Buyers Remorse?'

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Voters are giving President Barack Obama a few lumps of coal this Christmas. The latest poll numbers show his approval rating is the ugliest since President Richard Nixon's administration.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 55 percent of Americans disapprove of his job performance. The botched rollout of Obamacare is the leading reason he is losing favor with some of his biggest supporters.

Younger voters were once the president's strongest supporters. Many campaigned hard to get him elected in 2008 and in 2012.

But polls now suggest a growing number of them are suffering from buyer's remorse.

When USA Today and the Pew Research Center polled Millennials early in 2013, 67 percent approved of the president's job performance. In that same poll today, just 45 percent approve.

Regent University Executive Vice President Dr. Paul Bonicelli offered an explanation for those numbers to CBN News Today.

Obama "is still going to be seen by them as the coolest president ever so far. But they also think of cool as you have to be competent, too, and they don't see him that way," Bonicelli said.

Kendyl Crawford is one of those young voters who cast her ballot for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Today, she has a list of disappointments, including frustration over the faltering health care reform.

"I feel like he could have put a bit more, maybe just appointed someone and made sure they got it straight since it was such an important issue, especially throughout his first term," Crawford told CBN News.

Healthcare is the president's signature legislation, and young voters lack of confidence in it could spell trouble for its future.   

"Those people were expected to sign up to pay for it.In other words, the young people had to be brought in," Bonicelli pointed out. "They were the ones who would pay for this, and so they are not doing that. They are afraid, like everybody else."

For now, time may be on the side of Republicans who are looking to take control of the U.S. Senate during the next election.

"I think the implosion of Obamacare and the response of the administration is enough to damage big government without Republicans making a big show of saying, 'We killed the president's signature law,'" Bonicelli explained. "I don't think they need to do that as much as they need to let it die and then they offer the options people like."

From healthcare, to the IRS Tea Party scandal, to the backlash over NSA record-collecting, the Washington Post declared President Obama as having "the worst year in Washington."

"When historians write the story of Barack Obama's presidency, 2013 will be his lost year. It opened with great promise and closed with equally great disappointment," political blogger Chris Cillizza wrote.

With the shift in support from young voters, all eyes are on the 2014 elections to see what the impact will be. The latest poll also shows more Americans now trust Republicans more when it comes to handling the economy.

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