Donald Trump fails to appeal to young US millennials: poll

Despite US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's strategy of patching together a bipartisan coalition by appealing to the millions of young supporters of former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, a new poll found that his populist play had so far failed among millennials

IANS August 16, 2016 11:24:14 IST
Donald Trump fails to appeal to young US millennials: poll

Washington: Despite US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's strategy of patching together a bipartisan coalition by appealing to the millions of young supporters of former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, a new poll found that his populist play had so far failed among millennials.

The latest USA Today/Rock the Vote poll released on Sunday found that while 56 percent of voters under 35 say they would vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, one in five in this age group support Trump, Xinhua news agency reported.

Donald Trump fails to appeal to young US millennials poll

Anti-Trump protesters outside a rally. Reuters

In addition, Clinton trounced Trump among Sanders' supporters, with 72 percent supporting the former secretary of state and 11 percent backing Trump.

The number of the Millennial generation, now 18-34, was estimated to be 75.4 million, according to US Census Bureau data released in April.

While young voters tended to vote for Democrats in recent election cycles, the latest poll by USA Today and Rock the Vote showed that young adults may reject the Republican nominee at an unprecedented rate during this election cycle.

According to the poll, Trump's support among young voters was even lower than the estimated 32 percent of support Richard Nixon received among 18-to-29-year old voters in 1972 amid widespread protest against the Vietnam War among young population.

Meanwhile, the poll offered the latest evidence for verifying the widely perceived allegation that a majority of supporters of both nominees may base their allegiance not on approval of their nominee but rejection of the other.

According to the poll, 54 percent of Trump supporters and 51 percent of Clinton supporters say one of the main reasons they back the nominee is to keep the other out of the White House.

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