College Republicans report finds young voters hold many positions opposite of party

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A report by the College Republican National Committee released Monday found that most students hold positions closer to Democrats on many issues, underscoring the difficulty in the GOP's push for younger voters. Yet, the report remains vague on solutions for Republicans.

The report's focus groups, conducted after the 2012 election loss for the GOP, found that young people are mostly liberal on a range of issues -- not surprising given the fact that 60 percent of voters aged 18-29 voted for Obama in 2012, according to Tufts University.

The report found that 50 percent wanted to "cut government spending significantly," seemingly a winning issue for Republicans. However, a "large number" of respondents wanted to start with the defense budget.

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