Zogby says that Romney is the only member of the GOP primary field to score this high among 18-29 year olds. When libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was included in another question, support dropped for Romney, down to 38 percent, while Obama's rose 1 point to 50 percent. Johnson received 5 percent. Removing Johnson from the question previously resulted in a boost for Obama, but this time the amount of support for Romney increased, as did the number of those who are undecided.


Zogby hypothesizes that the rise in youth support for Romney could be due to more libertarian-leaning youth, concern over the economy and debt, and Romney picking Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) as his running mate.

The overall poll had Romney and President Obama tied at 46 percent each.

The poll, consisting of 18 questions, was conducted among 1,117 likely voters via pre-recorded phone interviews and supplemented by online surveys for difficult-to-reach groups.