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Young millennials, fiscal conservatives?

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

By MARTHA IRVINE

AP National Writer

This generation of young Americans has been called many things, from civic-minded to "entitled." But fiscally conservative?

That's a new one, and it just might have an impact on the presidential election.

Polls show that President Barack Obama remains the favorite among 18- to 29-year-old registered voters, as he was in 2008. No one thinks the majority of young voters will support Republican Mitt Romney in the Nov. 6 election.

But one expert says the polls also hint at a "schism" between those who weren't old enough to vote in 2008 and their older twenty-something counterparts.

In one poll, 42% of 18- and 19-year-olds identified as "conservative," compared with just over one-third who said they were "liberal." By comparison, those proportions were nearly flipped for 22- to 24-year-olds.

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