When it comes down to get out the vote, candidates want the young vote. And in this (crazy) election, it is Hillary Clinton who is leading among likely voters aged 18 to 29, according to a Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released on Wednesday.
“After eight years of a complicated relationship with millennials, in the closing days of the campaign, Hillary Clinton is closing strong,” said John Della Volpe, the institute’s polling director. “Her favorability with 18- to 29-year-old likely voters is up significantly since the summer and the combination of her strong debate performances, and failure for both Trump and the third party candidates to expand their bases gives her a lead of 28 points.”
Clinton had the support of 49% of likely voters, ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump’s 28% support, a substantially wider lead than Barack Obama had over Mitt Romney at the same point in 2012.
National polls of voters of all ages also show Clinton leading, though by a substantially narrower margin.
Some 14% of respondents said they planned to vote for Gary Johnson, with 5% supporting the Green Party’s Jill Stein and 11% still undecided. More than one in three self-described Johnson voters said they were likely to change their minds before Election Day. (Let’s hope it’s towards Hillary. Even though Johnson was once a Republican, he’s no fan of Trump.)
A majority of respondents, 51%, described themselves as “fearful” about the future of America, with just 14% of the 2,150 respondents saying they believed the country was headed in the right direction. The sense of fearfulness was most predominant among white respondents, though 85% of black respondents said they believed they were “under attack” in modern American society.
This is great news for Hillary!
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