According to a new Rock the Vote poll, 77 percent of young people polled are planning on voting in the November midterm elections.
The poll, which surveyed 1,000 18-to 29-year-olds, found that 83 percent of respondents were confident in their power to affect outcomes in the coming election, even though 59 percent of those surveyed report feeling more cynical about politics now than they had in 2008. Thirty-six percent said that they do not care which party is in control of Congress.
This statistic may be especially concerning for the Democratic party, which has struggled to hold onto its young supporters.
What has been called a lack of enthusiasm on the part of young Democrats has President Obama taking action -- on Tuesday, he will hold a large campaign rally at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A Democratic party specialist told the New York Times that the event is designed to bring back "some of the old excitement and energy from the 2008 campaign that was so essential to Obama's and Democrats' success."
GOP candidates are also taking note of the large number of young voters who have abandoned party affiliation, and are planning on taking advantage of this opportunity to nab new loyalists. The Hill reports that conservative pollster Brian Nienaber believes that "thoughtful messaging and appropriate targeting could yield a significant level of support with these voters."
For more poll results, check out Rock the Vote's website.