Hillary Clinton might be trying hard to engage young voters, but it seems like her efforts are all in vain. While the Democratic frontrunner has managed to maintain a double-digit lead in national polling, it is evident that her popularity among the millennial generation is not as good as that of her rival Bernie Sanders.
A new poll conducted by USA TODAY/Rock the Vote found that most under the age of 35 strongly favor the Vermont senator over the former secretary of the state. In fact, Sanders has an 11-point lead over his rival, something that could prove problematic for Clinton come election time.
Furthermore, the survey found that if it were up to the millennials, Sanders would win the Democratic nominations with 46 percent of vote while only 35 percent would back Hillary Clinton. Similarly, if Republican primary were held today, 26 percent of millennials would back Donald Trump while 11 percent would vote for Ben Carson – which is much better than the retired neurosurgeon's general poll numbers.
Long story short, young voters want to see Sanders and Trump in the final showdown. However, it is not clear if the millennials who responded to the questions will actually turn out to vote in the elections.
Apart from which presidential candidate the young voters prefer, the survey also revealed that most Americans between the age of 18 and 35 are likely to have a conservative stance on economic policy with a liberal attitude toward social policy.
Moreover, eight out of 10 young people in America wants to transition to clean energy by 2030, while 82 percent support the idea that United States should pass a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
Millennials’ interest in American politics is quite reassuring – especially since they are wrongfully considered the “superficial generation” that only cares about itself.
The poll was conducted from Jan. 4 to 7 and included interviews with 1,141 U.S. adults.