Politics

Poll: 49 Percent Of Millennial Voters Support Clinton

| by Ray Brown

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has support from 49 percent of young voters aged between 18 and 29, according to one poll.

Although Clinton has failed to reach more than half of the millennial voting block, she has far more support among America's youngest voters than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who stands at 21 percent in the poll, conducted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson is also standing strong with 14 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein has support from 5 percent of millennials.

"After eight years of a complicated relationship with millennials, in the closing days of the campaign, Hillary Clinton is closing strong," said John Della Volpe, the institute's polling director, according to Bloomberg. "Her favorability with 18- to 29-year-old likely voters is up significantly since the summer and the combination of her strong debate performances, and failure for both Trump and the third party candidates to expand their bases gives her a lead of 28 points."

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Although Clinton has improved her favorability among young voters in recent weeks, she still stands far behind President Barack Obama's performance in 2012, when he won 60 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29, according to Cornell University's Roper Center for Public Opinion and Research.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, also did far better than Trump has so far, with 37 percent in his losing bid for the White House.

There is one group in which Clinton is doing better than Obama in 2012: women and white voters, according to Bloomberg.

The Harvard poll also asked young voters about the nation's future.

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More than half, 51 percent, said they feel “fearful,” while only 20 percent are “hopeful.”

And the demographic feeling the most anxiety is white women, with 60 percent claiming they are fearful for their future, the poll found.

Sources: Bloomberg, Cornell University's Roper Center for Public Opinion and Research / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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