A new USA Today/Rock the Vote poll finds that Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, might be headed towards the worst showing among millennial voters in recent history, with Hillary Clinton trouncing him 56 percent to 20 percent among those under 35.
Trump’s weakness with younger voters, a group that is quickly becoming the largest American generation, is unprecedented — even lower than the 32 percent Gallup calculates Richard Nixon received from this demographic in 1972. If these findings hold true in November, the Democratic Party will have scored double-digit victories among millennials in three consecutive elections.
However, before Clinton supporters begin celebrating Trump’s low ratings, it’s important to keep in mind that the Democratic nominee is also garnering a strong sense of dislike from America’s youth.
“It’s wrong to say that Hillary Clinton is actually anything like the choice of the younger generation,” said Reason’s Nick Gillespie, noting that 49 percent of young voters having an unfavorable view of Clinton, hardly a number to to rejoice over.
Like Trump, Hillary Clinton has faced her own challenges in earning the support of millennials, who overwhelmingly backed her opponent, Bernie Sanders, in the Democratic primaries. While she has succeeded in winning over a good portion of Sanders supporters, 11 percent still say they’ll vote for Trump and another 11 percent say they won’t vote at all.
Furthermore, her struggle to inspire young women continues, as many millennial women are still having a hard time feeling moved by the historic nature of her nomination.
“Despite her groundbreaking status as the first female presidential nominee of a major party, Clinton does a bit better among young men (58%-22%) than she does among young women (53%-17%),” said Susan Page and Fernanda Crescente for USA Today.
Also interesting: the USA Today/Rock the Vote poll found that young men (42 percent) are more likely than young women (37 percent) to say that sexism is a major reason behind attacks on Clinton. Plus, women are actually more likely than men to say that sexism plays no role at all, 30 percent compared to 28 percent.
“I wanted the first woman president in office, but then everything came to the surface — the email scandal, how much her positions fluctuate on really important issues,” Britni Smith, 29, told The Washington Post in regard to Clinton. “I don’t think she’s super trustworthy. She’s kind of a social chameleon. She’ll tell any group she’s standing in front of what they want to hear.”
Claire Secrist, 23, added, “It doesn’t matter that she’ll be the first woman president. She should be in jail.”