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Friday, March 22, 2019

BOSTON (Reuters) – Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton is leading among likely voters aged 18 to 29, according to a Harvard University opinion poll released on Wednesday.

The former U.S. secretary of state had the support of 49 percent of likely voters, ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump’s 28 percent support, a substantially wider lead than Democratic President Barack Obama had over Republican former Massachusetts Governor 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 percent of respondents said they planned to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson, with 5 percent supporting the Green Party’s Jill Stein and 11 percent still undecided. More than one in three self-described Johnson voters said they were likely to change their minds before Election Day.

A majority of respondents, 51 percent, described themselves as “fearful” about the future of America, with just 14 percent 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.

Some 62 percent of respondents said they believed race relations in the United States would worsen if Trump was elected president. Twenty-two percent thought race relations would deteriorate if Clinton won the Nov. 8 election, with the plurality, 36 percent predicting they would stay the same.

The survey, conducted Oct. 7-17 has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, meaning results could vary that much either way.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Photo: Hillary Clinton arrives to speak during her California primary night rally held in Brooklyn, New York, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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12 responses to “Harvard Poll: Clinton Leading Among Young Voters”

  1. Lynda Groom says:

    Could it be that young voters are looking to the future rather than to a mythical past they no nothing about?

    • BDD1951 says:

      I think older voters are just set in their ways. Especially Repubs.

      • dpaano says:

        Hey, I’m an “older” voter, and I’m not set in my ways!!! I tend to vote for the person most qualified for the job, and that, my friend, is Hillary!!!

        • BDD1951 says:

          Well, I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I’m talking about Texas. I’m 82 myself and I’m voting for Hillery. I have met several people who moved here from out of state and a lot have switched to Democratic party. One man told me that he had always been a Republican until he finally figured out the the Republican party no longer represents the American people.

    • Mama Bear says:

      I suspect they are far more practical than the older ones, they have had to be.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        They are definitely more logical than the large number of Floridians that are allowing Trump to lead in the polls in this state.

  2. yabbed says:

    It’s not so easy to con young people.

  3. Blueberry Hill says:

    I hope all are voting up and down the ballot to have a Dem House and Senate too. She has some great plans, and we could get so much accomplished and have our pay raised, better insurance, etc. We could already have these things if it were not for the Rethugs in Congress blocking everything and doing nothing for us. It is time to get them out of Congress. We’ve been paying them big wages for nearly 8 years and they haven’t done a thing to earn a dime of it. Fire them.

    ..

    • Dan S says:

      I’ve done my part & of course voted for Hillary Clinton & to keep Sen. Patty Murray working with the New Democratic majority in the Senate. My Democratic House Rep in my district should also easily win reelection

    • stcroixcarp says:

      I have the same hopes. I would like to see a cooperative congress. In the mean time we need to start reconciling with our right wing neighbors. Let’s start by ditching the name calling. Names like Rethugs and libotards are childish and do not lead to productive conversations. I want to be a grown-up again.

  4. A. D. Reed says:

    The poor millennials have come of age during the 16 years while Bush-Cheney involved us in two massive, undeclared credit-card wars and while the Republicans in Congress have thwarted Obama at every turn, on every policy. The 29-year-olds were barely turning 13 when the Court declared Bush the winner. They have never seen a presidency that was A) legitimate and B) perceived as legitimate.

    Imagine if Democrats win both houses back, and in the first two years are able to do the things Democrats have been pining for, aiming for, planning for, by working together to get things done. Raising the minimum wage, spreading the wealth to working people, taxing the Wall Street traders (both on salary and other income, but also on every trade) to pay for Medicare for all and affordable college; eliminating the law that prohibits Medicare from negotiating drug prices, and passing new laws that punish (severely) both corporate inversion to take profits overseas, and corporate greed that prices drugs out of the market. Reform the banking laws, enact climate-change aversion policies, move toward a green economy, and establish national voting protection laws that prohibit states from any and all interference with voter registration and voting itself — through reenactment of the Voting Rights Law and reconstitution of the Supreme Court to ensure that the lies they use to justify political decisions (“there’s no need for voter protections enacted 50 years ago because America has changed”) are no longer sufficient to upend civil rights.
    Overturn Citizens United by passing a new campaign finance structure that cannot be overturned by the court. Truly make American great again by making it live up to its promise of “liberty and justice for all.”
    Maybe even impeach John Roberts for lying to Congress when he testified, under oath in his hearings, that he would not rue based on anything other than the facts — and then turned around and invited corporations and counsel to submit new briefs that weren’t even within the scope of an existing case.
    We MUST work our butts off to elect a Democratic House majority Nov. 8. Already Jason Chaffetz has promised that he will begin investigations and hearings of President Hilary Clinton even before her inauguration, and that there are “enough things to investigate” to keep them busy for four years.
    We MUST defeat these traitors to America.

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