New report reveals statistics on millennial voters in U.S.

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Millennials are now the largest generation of voters, according to a new Harvard University poll released Tuesday, and Republicans should take heed because most of them vote with the left.

Harvard’s renowned Institute of Politics revealed this week that voters aged between 18 and 29 prefer Democrats 65 percent to 33 percent, in part because they don’t like President Trump and are “fearful” about the future.

Young adults are also worried that blacks and Hispanics “feel significantly under attack” in the United States, and those polled said they believe that issues regarding global warming and gun control are being ignored in Washington.

“American political institutions are at a tipping point,” observed John Della Volpe, polling director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. “Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate. This poll and the Virginia election show that they are becoming more motivated — and I believe the fear that exists today about our future will soon be turned into the fuel that will reform our government. The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure.”

Political analysts of both parties rely on the Harvard poll to figure out what younger voters are thinking.

Key findings from the data:

  • A mere 14 percent of young Americans believe America is generally headed in the right direction.
  • Fear currently outpaces hope for our future, 67 percent to 31 percent.
  • President Trump’s job approval ratings are slipping with this crowd, down 12 points among young Republicans, 8 points among Independents.
  • Nearly 80 percent of millennial Americans are concerned about the state of race relations today; with 68 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Hispanics claiming that their race is under attack “a lot” in America, while 15 percent of whites have that perception.
  • Democratic control of Congress preferred 2:1.
  • A whopping 67 percent of Millennials believe that America’s greatest threats come from forces inside, not outside, our country. In response to an open-ended question about top threats, President Trump, “ourselves,” and racism were the top responses.
  • A wide margin of young Americans — 61 percent — believe gun laws should be stricter. This is a significant change since 2013 when less than half (49 percent) felt that way.
  • Half of those polled said they have little to no confidence that the U.S. midterm elections in 2018 will be free from Russian interference.
  • By more than a 3:1 margin, young Americans believe that social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have an obligation to regulate fake news.

 

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