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A new poll shows Barack Obama is winning the youth vote, beer vote

Beer_7 Barack Obama has locked down the youth vote, according to a poll released Monday.

The USA Today/MTV/Gallup survey found that 61% of 18- to 29-year-olds who are registered to vote prefer Obama, versus 32% who like John McCain.

The numbers aren't exactly a surprise. Obama has gone to great lengths to reach young people -- many have remarked upon his campaign's technological savvy -- and young voters often lean left.

But the poll revealed some interesting things about the Millennials (that's the nickname given to people born in the years between 1980 and 2000).

For example: 64% of the youth surveyed say they have given the presidential race a lot of thought and 44% of them believe this election is the most important of the last 50 years. And age matters, it seems. More than 70% of those polled said they thought Obama understands the problems of young people better than McCain.

And now to the important stuff: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may need to rethink that "Joe Six-Pack" line of hers. After all, 52% of the young people polled said they would prefer to have a beer with Obama. Only 27% would want to throw one back with McCain.

-- Kate Linthicum

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Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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Obama will take aways many of our freedoms that we as Amercan's enjoy! He's already taken away freedom of the press! The press in America no longer has the freedom to be objective!

Hi Barrack you're no Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln or Regan! Jimmy Carter you are!!!!!!

You missed a very interesting one it seems more Young people would rather read he private diary of McCain than Obama ????

VJ Machiavelli

So, what does this mean? McCain's the candidate of those who drink six-packs, Obama's the candidate of those who have them?

McCain and Palin have the nearly dead and totaly clueless vote wrapped up.

Are you ppl blind? Obama didn't take away freedom of the press, first of all the news is not the news they say what they are told, they always have!! next do you not see what is going on in this country right now with america being on the edge of another great depression ( thanks to Bush) and McCain will do nothing put push this country more into depression if not die from old age first.

I guess I'm the only person that remembers the office of homeland security act?!? How many civil liberties did WE THE PEOPLE loose as a result of fear tactics and war mongering? Right to Privacy?... Sure if your pro republican.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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