December 5th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Young GOP voters largely undecided, poll shows

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the top pick for 26 percent of young GOP voters.

(CNN) - With less than a month until the first votes are cast in the presidential campaign, the Republican race is wide open for the young voters, a survey shows.

Among young Republicans, more are undecided than those who have made up their minds. Just 13 percent of young adults who say they are Democrats are still undecided, according to the survey.

The national poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics questioned about 2,500 18- to 24-year-olds between October 28 and November 9.

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  1. Andre' J. Perrin Richardson, TX

    They really don't have many good choices to choose from.

    Jump ship and come over to the Deoocrats.

    December 5, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. bukky, Baltimore md

    Are you poeple sleeping on the job... how come the comments arent being posted?

    December 5, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Angelina Julie Lexington Kentucky

    I think this says something great about young Republicans. They're not like young Democrats who just hop on the popularity bandwagon and follow everyone else. They take their time to know the candidates and give each a chance to be heard. In my opinion, it's WAY to early to make a decision.

    December 5, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I believe the young republicans and democrats are going to vote for Ron Paul. They are smart and not looking for more of the same and Ron Paul offers more of a change. Our young voters are our future, I'm watching them.

    December 5, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. josh

    As a young republican, I have not committed to voting for anyone. One thing is for sure, it will not be Giuliani.

    December 5, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |


    December 5, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    It seems the poll in question has been fabricated or cooked, like Rudy Giuliani's resume. In Giuliani's resume the only reliable reference is that, Rudy was a questionable prosecutor. While he was the mayor of New York City, his extra caricular activities, questionable activities, are yet to be revealed.
    Imagine Giuliani as a President... another disaster George Bush... Rudy Giukiani's credentials:
    1-Presidential values: None.
    2-Contrubutions to the American family values: Disaster.
    3-Foreign policy experiences: Nothing.
    4-Work experiences: Numerous with crooked people.
    5-Economics: Has to go to college to learn.
    6-Support from the Catholic Church: Never.
    7-Support from the Evangelicals: Run for your life, the evil is coming.
    8-Social Life experiences: Please refer to his previous wifes.
    9-Accomplishments while Mayor of N.Y. City: Giuliani is a Patholigical lier, like disaster George Bush. By the way, the current mayor of N.Y. City is doing a better job. Crimes in N.Y. City are the lowest in the last 40 years. No reference to R. Giuliani mayoral period !
    10-Accomplishments during presidential debates: Yes, tremendous. "I", "WE" and "9/11".
    11-Why should we care about Giuliani's poll ? The margin or error is only 100 %. I mean, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.
    By his two terms as President, disaster George Bush gave us hell. With Rudy Giuliani, if, if, and only if, elected president, we the great family of this mighty United States of America, will accumulate FOUR TERMS OF DISASTER. That means 16 YEARS of HELL.
    GOOD BYE disaster George bush and GOOD BYE Rudi Giuliani. Together, disaster George Bush and uncle Rudi Giuliani, are the worse Republican politicians of our modern time.

    December 5, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. RCCT

    All I know is who I'm not voting for. I'm not voting for anyone that will cut the military, I'm not voting for anyone who wants socialized medicine, and I'm not, repeat NOT voting for Hillary

    December 5, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Adam, Pittsburgh, PA

    I know a lot of young Repubs who like Obama.

    December 5, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Doug, New Jersey

    Young republicans want to keep their rights and their hard earned money, so no we don't like Obama. That doesn't mean we hate Obama, if we hated someone, well then that would make us a liberal democrat wouldn't it?

    After all if a republican politican said that the president dem or repub should be shot between the eyes, republicans would never support that person, where as with Democrats, Alan Hevisi found that making such a comment is a great way to gain the support of almost every liberal democrat. Then again, liberal democrats re-elect child molesters (Jerry Studds) and murderers (Ted Kennedy) so values are not an issue with dem, they have none.

    December 5, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. rg

    Actually they are all voting for Ron Paul but the MSM doesn't want to report the truth as they feel American are too dumb to see through their propaganda and lies.

    December 5, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its funny why people won't consider voting for facts...its pure rhetoric (aka...baseless accusations) – anyway – I would really hope that the young voters would start asking candidates (and bloggers) who sling mud to "prove it" – the truth is easy to prove....if its not – we call that a lie....its interesting to see how much we see "Bushs War" and the "evil Republicans" – wonder if they believe it....

    December 5, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. MJ Seymour,CT

    The new young Republicans are supporting Ron Paul. It is time for the party to embrace this surge of political interest.

    December 5, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Shannon, Charlottesville, VA

    if i were a young, arrogant republican, i'd be undecided too considering their selection of candidates is an abomination....

    December 5, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. T Columbus OHIO

    Hey Shannon – nice generalization. "Arrogant" republicans? Show's your IQ level.

    December 5, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Dan, Illinois

    Even though CNN didn't post this the first time since they are trying to hide that Tom Tancredo should be president I am going to say it again. I am 23 years old and Tom Tancredo has my vote! GO TANC!!

    December 5, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |


    December 5, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    The past 7 years should make every Republican hang their head in shame.
    They have supported a totally unnecessary war, bankrupted the country and abandoned the moral high ground.
    But they can rejoice that we don't have stem cell research or gay marriages. They certainly know what is important.

    December 5, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. Dave, NY, NY

    NYC was a mess before Giuliani.
    Special interest groups, tolerance of crime (boys will be boys), gangs 'r us.
    Giuliani purged it much to the chagrin of various special interests or people who were slacking/mooching off the system. Sucked for those people, but for the rest of the hard-working folks, was the best thing that could happen.

    December 6, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  20. Ralph,nash,T.N.

    They shouldnt be undecided im sure mommy and daddy TOLD them who to vote for,as always.Thats what i find with most silver spooned republicans...

    December 6, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Ralph, you're an idiot and a fool.

    Most young men and women that vote Republican do so because they're wise enough to realize that government is not the answer to everything and, unlike most liberals, can think and do for themselves.

    Now get back in line and save your bitter whining for your fellow liberal sheep.

    December 6, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    Anybody who votes a PARTY and not a CANDIDATE is a closed-minded person and if were running for President, I wouldn't want their vote. Take a look at ALL the candidates, do your research, DON'T rely on the media to tell you about them, DON'T let anyone else tell you you're wrong and above all, VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE. If you don't know a candidate's position on a particular issue, take the time to find out. You're choosing the next President of the US and your vote does matter. Anybody that says otherwise doesn't want you to vote. It is, quite possibly, the most important thing you can do as an American. To exclude an entire group of candidates purely by the party they represent is asinine.

    Personally, I encourage you to take a look at Ron Paul. He is unlike any Republican you've ever met.

    December 6, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |