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Poll: Millennials Want Democrats To Control Congress

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A poll found 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 want Democrats to have control of Congress following the 2018 midterm elections.

Based on answers taken between Oct. 31 and Nov. 10, Harvard University's Institute of Politics found that 33 percent favored the Republicans retaining control of Congress.

Pollsters found that 54 percent of respondents believe the U.S. is on the wrong track, against 14 percent who say America is moving in the right direction. Of those polled, 79 percent said they have concerns about race relations. The poll also found 68 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Hispanics think they are under attack because of their race.

Two-thirds of respondents said they were more fearful about the country's future than hopeful, while 31 percent answered that they were more hopeful.

"American political institutions are at a tipping point," Polling Director John Della Volpe told the IOP website. "Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate. This poll and the Virginia election show that they are becoming more motivated -- and I believe the fear that exists today about our future will soon be turned into the fuel that will reform our government. The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure."

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The poll revealed that most young people do not feel represented by the two major parties. Of those polled, 21 percent said they thought Republicans care about people like them, and 34 percent felt the same way about Democrats.

The poll found 19 percent think President Donald Trump cares about people like them.

In the 2016 elections, many millennials were attracted to the presidential campaign of Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an Independent who ran as a Democrat.

"My politics were to the left of the Democratic party but I didn't realize there was an entire ideology, an entire movement that was there," 25-year-old Olivia Katby told The Guardian. "It had never occurred to me. Bernie was my introduction to the concept of democratic socialism. It's not like I associated it with the Cold War. It was a new concept to me completely. That was the case for a lot of millennials, which is why the movement has grown so much."

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Della Volpe told Axios that the Harvard survey, taken together with an NBC poll that found 71 percent of young people want a new third party, show that Democrats could soon lose young voters to a new political party.

Sources: IOP Harvard, The Guardian, Axios / Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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