More and more millennials are pledging their support to Hillary Clinton, found a new poll, in which young voters supported the Democratic presidential nominee over Republican candidate Donald Trump by over 3-to-1 but reported very low levels of enthusiasm about voting.
In the USA Today/Rock the Vote Poll, which was conducted by Ipsos and released on Oct. 17, Clinton led Trump 68 percent to 20 percent in a four-way race among voters under 35, while support for third party candidates plummeted to eight percent for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and one percent for Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
However, enthusiasm among the demographic has dropped off since March, when Bernie Sanders was running in the primaries. Millennial voters have reported lower and lower likelihood of voting each month, as the election draws nearer, despite Clinton's concentrated efforts to energize and win over young voters.
Though the first female major party presidential nominee may have a high perceived rate of support among women, she has far more young backers who are men, by 65 percent to 47 percent.
The vast majority of young people supporting Clinton say that they are doing so "to keep Donald Trump out of the White House," while the number one reason Trump supporters say they will vote for him is "to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House," suggesting that the negative tone of both campaigns has been successful among the demographic who overwhelmingly supported Sanders earlier in the race.
"Hillary Clinton has consolidated record-breaking support among millennials, but these findings raise a red flag for Democrats on the crucial question of whether they'll show up to vote," said Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief of USA TODAY. "The enthusiasm that Bernie Sanders' presidential bid sparked continues to decline, and a growing percentage of younger voters say 'my vote doesn't matter.'"
Young voters tend to show up at rates lower than all other age demographics. For example, in the 2012 election, 45 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 showed up to the polls, compared to 66 percent of voters aged 30 and older who cast their ballots that year, notes Civic Youth.