This 7-point lead may serve as a warning bell to the Obama campaign, said Robert Jones, the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted the poll with Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center.

“Obama enjoys significant favorability and excitement advantages over Romney, but his support among younger voters today is substantially lower than among younger voters four years ago,” Jones said in a press release.

The results were worse for Romney. Of the 41 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who said they’d like to see a Republican win the presidential election, only 34 percent of them said that the former Massachusetts governor was their preferred GOP nominee.