USA millennials' support for Democrats wanes with eye to midterm elections

Frederick Owens
May 2, 2018

And now a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll learned Democrats have lost the support of millennial voters by a almost 10 percent margin over the space of two years as the 2018 midterm elections loom.

It said that of more than 16,000 registered voters, ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. But in the era of Donald Trump, in which the news cycle is repeatedly rocked by explosive allegations, ethical scandals, and policymaking decisions that threaten Trump's own voter base, the waking up to the fact that a decidedly unsexy bill from 2017 may not be enough to carry them through an already-contentious election cycle.

Now, Democrats will need all the loyalty they can get to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November. One of these is Terry Hood, a 34-year-old man who works at Dollar General in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Democrats are hoping for a "Blue Wave" of victories in the upcoming midterm elections.

"It sounds unusual to me to say this about the Republicans, but they're helping with even the small things", Hood told Reuters in a phone interview. He finds it "strange" to even mutter these words but noticed that the recent tax cuts have led to the government "taking less taxes" out of his paycheck.

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Newly reunited state Senate Democrats are calling on their Republican counterparts to support measures aimed at improving voter turnout in NY. Marrying a veteran shifted her perspective on the right to bear arms, and she began to lose faith in welfare programs. She opposed abortion after having children.

This might explain the drag on the generic congressional ballot seen since the start of the year for Democrats.

Millennials aren't fixed to a spot on the political spectrum, as the 2016 presidential election showed.

A political science professor quoted in the article noted that younger voters aren't "as wedded to one party", and that could be problematic for the Democrats. "It's helped us pay off our mortgage, helped put me through college". He also argues that public secondary schools must better prepare students to find jobs without attending college, according to Reuters. "Unless you're addressing those issues that are important to them, it's hard to get them involved". The margin of error was 2.54 percentage points.

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