Poll: Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump 2-1 among young voters

Though Hillary Clinton is winning by a large margin among those under the age of 35, overall enthusiasm is down for this election -- meaning fewer people could turn up to the polls when compared to polls conducted when Bernie Sanders was in the race. Photos: UPI file

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A recent poll shows Hillary Clinton is resoundingly defeating Donald Trump in terms of support among people under the age of 35, though enthusiasm among the electorate is down.

According to the USA Today/Rock the Vote poll, Clinton is beating Trump 56 percent to 20 percent in support among people under 35, but Clinton has failed to generate the level of enthusiasm Bernie Sanders had during his primary run.

About 72 percent of Sanders supporters said they will vote for Clinton and 11 percent said they will vote for Trump, while 11 percent said they would not vote and 6 percent said they had not made a decision.

Enthusiasm is down since Sanders left the race. In March, 76 percent of people polled said they were most likely going to vote, while 7 percent said they were not very likely to vote. In August, 72 percent of people said they were most likely going to vote, while 9 percent said they were not very likely to vote.

The poll, conducted Aug. 5-10, has a 4.6 percent margin of error. Fifty percent of respondents said they would vote for Clinton if the election were held today on a ballot with third-party candidates. Trump would receive 18 percent of votes, while Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson would receive 11 percent support and Green Party nominee Jill Stein would win 4 percent. About 10 percent of people would not vote and 8 percent said they did not know.

Trump’s low level of support among younger voters is lower than Richard Nixon‘s 32 percent support among 18- to 29-year-old voters in polls during the election of 1972, when younger people in the United States were politically fueled by the anti-Vietnam War movement.


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