Democrats Losing Millennials

by David Nussman  •  •  May 1, 2018   

Percentage of young adults who vote Democrat is falling

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DETROIT ( - The younger generation is shifting away from the Democratic Party.

According to poll results published by Reuters on Monday, support for the Democrats has fallen in the past two years among U.S. millennials.

When asked if they would vote for a Republican or a Democrat running for Congress, 55 percent of millennials in 2016 said they would vote Democrat. But in 2018, only 46 percent said they would vote Democrat — a loss of nine percentage points.

Millennials, for the sake of the Reuters poll, were considered people ages 18–34. The poll featured about 16,000 millennial voters.

The losing interest in Democrats was most noticeable among white millennials, who are now split evenly, with each of the two major parties claiming 39 percent of those polled. This is a big difference from 2016 when 47 percent of millennial Caucasians said they would vote Democrat and 33 percent said they would vote Republican.

The statistics also reveal a growing section of the millennial generation is undecided or prefers to vote third party. In fact, millennials who responded with "don't know" or "other" grew from 18 percent in 2016 to 26 percent in 2018.

While reporting on the poll's findings, Reuters included quotes from American millennials talking about their generation's shifting political views.

One person that Reuters interviewed was a 34-year-old African-American man named Terry Hood. Although Hood leans left and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, he appreciates the Republicans' tax reform efforts. Hood was quoted as saying, "It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans, but they're helping with even the small things. They're taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that."

They're taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that.

Another source told Reuters she switched from Democrat to Republican because she became pro-life, after giving birth to children of her own.

The poll surveyed millennials during the first three months of 2016 and again during the first three months of 2018.

Of those becoming disillusioned with the Democrats, most are becoming independent, non-partisan or third party. In terms of demographics, millennials' claims of support for Republicans exhibited the greatest increase among white males, where it grew from 36 percent in 2016 to 46 percent in 2018.

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