Donald Trump has the worst support among younger voters in modern American history
A new poll reveals that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has the worst support among younger voters in modern American history. The USA TODAY/Rock the Vote poll has found that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is siphoning younger voters off Trump, as he is found to be vastly unpopular among them.
The survey shows Clinton has overwhelming support among those aged under 35 against Trump, with 56 percent pledging to support her and just 20 percent backing the Republican businessman-turned politician. However, Clinton has failed to generate the excitement Senator Bernie Sanders had during his primary run.
Around 72 percent of Sanders supporters said they will vote for Clinton and only 11 percent said they will vote for Trump, while 11 percent said they would not vote and 6 percent said they had not made a decision. The survey shows that Trump’s disconnect with younger voters is unprecedented. His unpopularity with them fared worse than Richard Nixon, who only received 32 percent of the vote with 18-to-29-year-old voters in 1972, which was at a time in the US where young activists were protesting against the Vietnam War.
In recent years, the Democratic Party has proven to be more popular with younger voters. If the trend continues, they will have scored double-digit victories among younger voters in three consecutive elections, the first time that has happened since such data became readily available in 1952.
In 2008 and 2012, overwhelming support among voters under 30 was a crucial part of Barack Obama’s winning coalitions. Clinton currently trounces trump by 30 points in Trump’s home state of New York, according to a new poll by Siena College. New Yorkers say Clinton is more qualified to be commander in chief than Trump. According to the poll, 62 percent of respondents think Clinton is qualified and only 25 percent said the same of Trump. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Americans will determine the 45th president and 48th vice president of the United States.