Reagan's Youthful Boomlet

Young voters flock to the G.O.P. in surprising numbers

Question: In what age group does a 73-year-old conservative President seeking re-election find his widest support?

Answer: In 1984, among first-time voters young enough to be his garndchildren.

It is one of the anomalies of this year's presidential campaign. In poll after poll, Ronald Reagan consistently runs strongest not among his fellow senior citizens or even middle-aged voters. Instead, his popularity rating is highest of all among those who are 18 to 24 years old. What is more, members of this age group are registering as Republicans...

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