Millennials now make up the largest voting group in the U.S. and are overwhelmingly Democrat by a two-to-one margin, according to a new Harvard University poll.
The university’s Institute of Politics polled those between 18 and 29 and found they prefer Democratic candidates 65 percent to 33 percent. The reason given is that they’re “fearful” about the future and President Trump. Only 25 percent of those polled approve of the current president.
In 2016, however, only half of millennials showed up at the polls. Of those, only one-third voted for Trump. Now the question is, will this newfound “fear” motivate them to head to the polls in bigger numbers in 2020? It’s hard to tell, over the last five elections, going back to 2000, an average of only 50 percent of 18-29-year-olds showed up to vote, according to Brookings.
Harvard’s polling director John Della Volpe said:
“American political institutions are at a tipping point. 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.”
Global warming, gun control, and race relations are the top issues for these voters according to the poll. Only 14 percent believe the country is on the right track currently. And though they lean heavily Democrat, only 34 percent of millennials think the party cares enough about them.