Nightly News | November 05, 2012
>>> we're back, let's talk about who goes to the polls tomorrow, let's assume everybody gets to vote that wants to vote, and let's talk about large numbers of people who voted for president obama before. more on how young voter could factor in, or not, tomorrow night.
>> reporter: brian , you remember the town hall debate, they said to the two of them, what are the prospects we'll get a job, from either one of your administrations, they really didn't have an answer for them. the numbers in the country, between 18 and 29 are made up of people who are the young people , who are really facing enough times. half the college graduates now cannot get a job. so we went out to find out what they think about the election this year as opposed to four years ago.
>> reporter: four years ago, young voters were on fire for barack obama . but now, the young have cooled off considerably.
>> i feel like he forget about our age group .
>> reporter: this senior, at hofstra university , voted for the president in 2008 .
>> i mean, he has not really focused on us as well. but i think that obama thinks he already has the young vote.
>> reporter: and you don't like to be taken for granted?
>> no, i don't.
>> reporter: a poll released showed half of the generation said they will definitely cast a vote tomorrow, down from 63% at this time four years ago.
>> they distrust not only the presidential candidates but they distrust and have a lack of faith in the entire system.
>> reporter: it is what this 30-year-old ohio barber hears every day.
>> i think they care about us when they have to in the public eye, but personally, i don't think they care about us, really.
>> reporter: in suburban atlanta, 26-year-old ashley flood has an engineering degree . but she takes two buses to get to her coffee job after being laid off from a high-paying job two years ago.
>> i feel like my generation is just holding on for the ride. i feel like we are hoping for things to get better.
>> reporter: the young still drive the popular culture. and in that, they are not forgotten.
>> obama 2012 . the first african- american president ever to be up for re-election, historical.
>> dude, that is not happening this year. nobody is that excited.
>> reporter: the president is trying to re-connect with the young on the comedy circuit.
>> this all dates back to when we were growing up in kenya.
>> reporter: humor, it turns out, is the way to reach younger voters if it is applied properly.
>> they don't want them to make fun of the issues, but they do want them to be able to poke fun at themselves.
>> reporter: for all their angst, what the young do have is a lifetime ahead of them and determination.
>> i'm an optimistic person, so i like to think they have my best interest at hand and they really still discuss what is best in my future.
>> reporter: all three of those young voters have is told us that they will vote tomorrow, but it doesn't end for them tomorrow. they still have their future and are looking for more answers than they're getting at this point, brian .
>> let's just hope by the close of business tomorrow we have an answer on this thing.
>> reporter: i don't think so brian .
>> bring your pajamas, settle in and get comfortable. tom brokaw will be with us tomorrow