Young people will have an impact on Tuesday's election,
according to a poll commissioned by Students for Life of
Seventy-seven percent of 18- to 24-year-olds plan to vote on
Tuesday, compared to the 49-percent youth turnout in the 2008
Students for Life president, Kristan Hawkins,
says, "The HHS mandate -- that mandate that forces employers of
faith and conscience to have to provide abortion causing drugs for
their employees -- carries negative political currency for
two-fifths of young voters."
Hawkins adds that the plurality of young Americans, including
those in every major demographic and geographic group, said they
would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports forcing
institutions to pay for procedures that violate their conscience or
The survey indicates youth are paying attention to the issues,
including pro-life issues.
"Forty-nine percent, one half of those we surveyed, graded
Obama's tenure as fair or poor, which gives a lot of room for
pro-life advocacy groups and pro-family advocacy groups to really
step up and talk about where Barack Obama stands on these issues,"
Those statistics include young people's reaction to Obama's
position on the issue of infanticide. When presented with the facts
about Obama as an Illinois senator voting and speaking out against
bills to protect infants born alive during abortions, 34 percent
said they were less likely to favor Obama. Seventy-four percent of
surveyed youth support making sex-selective abortions illegal in
the United States.