Reuters released an interesting poll yesterday that yielded some surprising results: the Democrats seem to be losing millennials.
The news site conducted an online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34. What they found was that millennial support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. Survey participants also told Reuters that they believe the Republican Party is a “better steward of the economy.”
President Donald Trump is still viewed unfavorably by millennials though – 32% who responded to the survey said they do not like him but their frustration with the current President doesn’t necessarily mean they dislike all other Republican candidates.
From the article:
The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed young voters during the first three months of this year and the same period in 2016.
Only 28 percent of those polled expressed overt support for Republicans in the 2018 poll – about the same percentage as two years earlier.
But that does not mean the rest will turn out to back Democrats, the survey showed. A growing share of voters between ages 18 and 34 years old said they were undecided, would support a third-party candidate or not vote at all.
The shift away from Democrats was more pronounced among white millennials – who accounted for two-thirds of all votes cast in that age group in 2016.
So what does that mean for the supposed coming “blue wave”?
Many liberal sites have been touting the fact that soon, all millennials (people born between 1982 and 2004) will be eligible to vote. They hope the younger generation will help pass gun control laws (although data suggests otherwise – they are no more liberal on gun control than older generations), make abortion regulations less strict and vote for more socialist driven policies.
However there’s one huge problem: millennials aren’t voting. In 2019, they’ll outnumber baby boomers as the biggest voting block in America, yet their voter turnout is the lowest and they’re not registering to vote, either.
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Until both parties can tap into what drives the younger generation to the polls or millennials get enthused about their civil duty to head to the polls, the data suggests that the older generations will keep steering American elections for the foreseeable future.