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USA millennials' support for Democrats wanes with eye to midterm elections

02 May 2018
USA millennials' support for Democrats wanes with eye to midterm elections

Also, if this poll is to be believed, then something particularly significant is happening among white male millennials-who, unlike millennials as a whole, seem to know exactly who they're ditching the Democrats for: Republicans. Democrats still receive the plurality of millennial support, at 46 percent overall, but Republicans have dramatically narrowed the gap. But in the era of Donald Trump, in which the news cycle is repeatedly rocked by explosive allegations, ethical scandals, and policymaking decisions that threaten Trump's own voter base, the G.O.P.is waking up to the fact that a decidedly unsexy bill from 2017 may not be enough to carry them through an already-contentious election cycle.

Meanwhile, millennial voters have increasingly become of the mind that conservative leadership is a better steward of the economy.

Although almost two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates. This year, it's still at around 28 percent.

As this realization has dawned on the party, a series of high-profile Republicans have sounded the alarm, explicitly calling on their colleagues to do something-anything-to show the American people that they deserve to retain control of all branches of government.

According to their data, this isn't just a margin-of-error outlier.

"They're not as wedded to one party", said a political science professor at Columbia University.

The poll is said to have surveyed young voters during the first three months of this year and the same period in 2016.

Howver, students in the crowd also raised many other issues, notably the local economy.

The generation is split on whether the Democrats or the Republicans are better to run the economy, but two years ago, the generation heavily favored Democrats. The Democratic National Committee's Elizabeth Renda blames the party itself for that failure, following the results of the 2016 election. The significance is that that doesn't mean they'll vote for Democrats. "Instead of having real conversations with them, we settled for TV ads", she said.