A recent survey from the Global Strategy Group revealed that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are facing high unfavorable ratings amongst millennials in the nation’s battleground states.
The group, claiming to be the first to complete a millennials-only survey in battleground states, found that 75 percent dislike Trump and 63 percent dislike Clinton. Millennials' disdain for both the Republican and Democratic candidates has led some young voters to turn towards other options.
According to the survey, 7 percent would vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party. Stein’s ideals have been compared to the progressive views of Bernie Sanders, a millennial favorite. Now that Sanders is no longer in the running, many millennials are switching their loyalties over to Stein.
“I wanted Bernie Sanders, but if I can't have him, I am voting for Jill Stein,” one Sanders-supporting millennial said.
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, has also caught the attention of some young people who are reluctant to make the seemingly impossible choice between Trump and Clinton.
Voting for a third-party candidate may appear to be an appealing option, but many millennials who decide to vote third-party are accused of throwing away their ballot on someone who won't win the election.
"Most people think that only one of the two major parties is going to win and even if they’re not too thrilled with either party, they’re reluctant to vote for a third party because they think they’ll waste their vote and historically, if you look at the numbers, that’s true,” an associate professor of political science at UFC said.
Historically, voting third party is indeed a wasted ballot.
The Global Strategy Group survey shows that some millennials have decided to stick with one of the two major party candidates. 43 percent said they'll “likely” vote for Clinton and 24 percent said they plan to vote for Trump in the November election.