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A Plurality of 18 to 29 Year Olds Say It Doesn't Matter to Them

By Morning Fizz September 16, 2010

1. As a follow-up to yesterday's post about young voters, here's some national polling by Rock the Vote that was done in late August.

Here are a few bullet points:
•When asked party affiliation, young voters considered themselves Democrats (35 percent), Republicans (26 percent) and Independents (29 percent), which is down from an 18-point advantage Democrats held over Republicans in 2008.

•Young voters rate the Democratic Party more favorably (46 percent to 41 percent unfavorable) than the Republican Party (36 percent favorable versus 50 percent unfavorable), but the Democrats advantage is down from a net +40 favorability (65 percent to 25 percent) prior to the last midterms in 2006, while the Republicans favorability remains about the same as 2006.

•When asked whether they would prefer Democrats to keep control of Congress or for Republicans to take over, a plurality of 18 to 29 year olds say that it doesn't matter to them (36 percent versus 34 percent preferring Democrats and 28 percent preferring Republicans).

2. We noted this yesterday, but it's worth repeating: Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is taking on the anti-gay rights group, Family PAC and its attorney James Bopp, one more time.

Yesterday, a federal judge in Tacoma agreed with Family PAC that state limits on last-minute contributions to initiative campaigns—like Family PAC's R-71 effort to repeal domestic partnership rights—was unconstitutional.

McKenna is appealing and will seek an immediate stay on the ruling. McKenna already beat Bopp in the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year over the issue of making petition signatures public. Bopp and the anti-gay rights activists said no, McKenna said yes.  SCOTUS agreed with McKenna.

3. The state revenue forecast is coming today. Gov. Chris Gregoire has warned that she may have to make across the board cuts higher than 7 percent—nearly $600 million in cuts.

Meanwhile, four of this year's ballot initiatives—one to privatize workers' compensation, two to privatize liquor, and one to repeal taxes on soda, candy, and bottled waters—would cost the state $1.2 billion.
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