Poll: Millennial Support for Democrats Slips 9 Points in Two Years

Losses most significant among white millennials

A streetcar passes a voting station along St. Charles Avenue during the state Republican primary on March 24, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Democrats have lost a significant amount of support among millennial voters ahead of the November midterm elections, according to a new poll released Monday.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed support for Democrats slipped 9 points in the past two years, now registering at 46 percent. The poll also found two of three millennial voters dislike President Donald Trump.

Millennial voters increasingly see Republicans as better stewards of the economy. Two years ago, Democrats beat Republicans on the economy by 12 points, but now 34 percent of millennial voters say Democrats have a better plan and 32 percent say Republicans do.

The biggest drop in support for Democrats came among white millennials. Two years ago, 47 percent of white millennial voters supported Democrats, but now an equal percentage, 39, support each party.

The drop was even more pronounced among white millennial men. In 2016, 48 percent supported Democrats. But in 2018, 46 percent said they support Republicans and only 37 percent said Democrats.

The poll comes after the Harvard Institute of Politics released a poll last month that showed 69 percent of millennial voters would prefer Democratic control of Congress.

That poll showed younger Democrats were more enthusiastic about voting, with 51 percent saying they will “definitely” vote in November’s elections, compared with 36 percent of Republicans.

The Harvard poll was conducted between March 8 and March 25, asking questions through online sampling of 2,631 voters aged 18 to 29. The margin of error was 2.54 percentage points.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 16,000 registered voters aged 18 to 34 in the first three months of 2018 and concluded with a 1 percentage point margin of error.

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