Friday, July 15, 2016

View Of Young Voters On Presidential Race & Other Issues

All of the charts in this post are from information in the GenForward Survey done at the University of Chicago. It was done between June 14th and 27th of a national sample of young voters (18 to 30 years old), and has a margin of error of 3.8 points.

The top chart shows who those young voters supported in the primaries and caucuses. They overwhelmingly supported Senator Bernie Sanders -- and that is true regardless of race or ethnicity. They are now in the process of deciding what they will do in the general election. Clinton leads Trump among young voters by 38% to 17% -- but a significant 45% say they are undecided, won't vote, or are considering voting for a third party candidate. Obviously, there is work to be done among these voters.

But for me, the most disappointing chart in the bottom one above. It shows that nearly 6 out of 10 young voters (59%) didn't bother to vote in the primaries/caucuses -- and that also stretched across all races and ethnicities. That's pathetic. Democrats need to get to work and make sure a larger percentage of young voters (and voters of all ages) get to the polls in November.

The charts below show the views of young people on a variety of important issues. As you can see, young voters tend to side with Democrats on the issues -- and that is why it is important to get a large percentage of them to vote in November.

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