Carlitos -- You say, "Maybe some of the problem is with the Democratic party?" Perhaps, but remember that the Democratic Party has a large umbrella, and they absolutely cannot promise everything that their constituents want. There are several issues with regards to voting, and as one who has knocked on hundreds of doors to engage people in conversations about candidates and voting, the voter views are all over the place. In some cases, Democrats lose because of the abortion issue, but we also win on that issue. We lose some voters on guns and gain others because of our stance on gun safety. Ditto on gay marriage, immigration, military and wars, taxes and spending...we win and we lose voters.
I often quizzed people on what their number one issue was that might influence their vote. Senior citizens usually cited health issues and social security. One senior I interviewed cared about Medicare but couldn't give a shit about the Affordable Care Act. She had hers...selfish.
With young people it was mostly jobs...some blamed Obama for not having a job, but were totally ignorant of the obstructionism of Republicans in Congress on blocking such things as Obama's Jobs Act.
I talked to die hard Republicans who supported Obama in 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act (they has a pre-existing condition). On the other hand, one senior woman came to the door with her oxygen bottle and told me she "hated that man"...meaning President Obama.
I tried talking to some blue collar working families...some were good to me and some swore at me. Some were deeply religious and doubted Obama's Christianity. " He's not one of us." They said they supported Romney.
When it comes to young people, I tried especially hard to engage them. I found their registered addresses and climbed their apartment steps to find them. It was probably the largest disappointment of my outreach endeavors. For the most part, the young people were totally ignorant of candidates and the issues, and just brushed me off when I asked them what their hot button issues were. For the most part, they just didn't seem to care, and I got the feeling that it was not that they felt marginalized economically (some of those apartments were pretty nice), but rather that they just had other interests, and politics was not one of them.
When I look back at what my interest were in my early 20s, I would say I would have fitted right in with them. Such is the case with the young people of the United Kingdom that didn't vote on the referendum. Now I read in the news that Japan has lowered the voting age to 18 in an attempt to get young people more engaged in the political process. Young people not voting is not a result of the Democratic Party and President Obama. He has more than any candidate and president in recent times reached out to all demographics, especially young people, to get them to vote. Yet he failed miserably in 2010 and 2014. Does he not excite young voters? Why does Bernie Sanders, a man who has spent 25 years in Congress, and having nothing to show for it, suddenly become the "new Obama"...the anti-establishment candidate whose anti-establishment message sounds very similar to Donald Trump's anti-establishment message?
I don't have the answer. I scratch my head. I commend Sanders for energizing the young people where I had failed. However, I had real doubts about the reality of his campaign promises and his ability to deliver on anything.
I will make one prediction, however, that on November 9th, the day after election day as the votes are tallied, the difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be about two percentage points. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will keep either candidate from getting over 50 percent. For the most part, people will vote their emotions, their tribes or stay home. A relatively smaller percentage will spend time really analyzing the various issues of the day. It will be one issue mostly, and sometimes that issues will be a vote against the other person instead of a vote for the candidate of their choice.
The Bernie Sanders supporters will largely support Hillary, but many of them so ideologically driven simply cannot. Some will vote for Trump...hopefully not many or else they may get what they voted for.