A new USA TODAY/Rock the Vote Poll has bad news for Donald Trump and over the longer term, the GOP as a whole: voters under 35 are fleeing the GOP. In terms of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump faces a 36 point deficit compared to Hillary Clinton. 2016 may be the third straight election where younger voters have avoided the GOP candidates. Here are highlights from USA Today:
Democratic presidential nominee
Hillary Clintonis consolidating the support of the Millennials who fueled Bernie Sanders' challenge during the primaries, a new USA TODAY/Rock the Vote Poll finds, as Republican Donald Trumpheads toward the worst showing among younger voters in modern American history.The survey shows Clinton trouncing Trump 56%-20% among those under 35, though she has failed so far to generate the levels of enthusiasm Sanders did — and the high turn-out that can signal — among Millennials.
"I get worried about the bigoted element of our country, and that they will stick with Trump regardless of his stupidity," says Elizabeth Krueger, 31, an actress in New York City who was among those surveyed. She supports Clinton. "She is not going to be a perfect president, but who would be?"
The findings have implications for politics long past the November election. If the trend continues, the Democratic Party will have scored double-digit victories among younger voters in three consecutive elections, the first time that has happened since such data became readily available in 1952. That could shape the political affiliations of the largest generation in American history for years to follow.
In the new survey, half of those under 35 say they identify with or lean toward the Democrats; just 20% identify with or lean toward the Republicans. Seventeen percent are independents, and another 12% either identify with another party or don't know.
Trump's weakness among younger voters is unprecedented, lower even than the 32% of the vote that the
Gallup Organizationcalculates Richard Nixonreceived among 18-to-29-year-old voters in 1972, an era of youthful protests against the Vietnam War.