If the results of this stunning new poll are reflected in next week’s midterm elections, the extent of the Republican victory could be more than a wave…it could be a tsunami.
The so-called “millennials” — America’s largest generation, consisting of 18-29-year-olds — are no longer a lock for the Democrats, according to a just-released national poll.
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) conducted the survey that finds a dramatic shift in political preferences among active voters in the younger generation:
…slightly more than half (51%) of young Americans who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress with 47 percent favoring Democrat control – a significant departure from IOP polling findings before the last midterm elections (Sept. 2010 – 55%: prefer Democrat control; 43%: prefer Republican control).
The IOC poll took the political pulse of more than 2,000 respondents in the critically important age group. As the Washington Examiner observes, the results are indeed “shocking”:
Harvard University on Wednesday provided new proof that the Democrats are going to be broadsided in Tuesday’s national elections as millennial voters, in a shocking shift, now prefer a Republican-controlled Congress and give President Obama his second lowest grade ever.
Among the more significant finding of this new Harvard poll are:
* In contrast to four years ago, slightly more than half of “likely” young voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress;
* Millennial interest in midterm voting is similar to 2010 levels with conservatives seeming more enthusiastic than liberals;
* Hispanic support for President Obama is weakening.
“The IOP’s fall polling shows that young Americans care deeply about their country and are politically up-for-grabs,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams.
“Millennials could be a critical swing vote. Candidates for office: ignore millennial voters at your peril.”
Businessinsider.com finds clear and disturbing evidence in the poll results that younger voters have lost trust in a number of government institutions, with some trust numbers at historically low levels.
Of all the institutions tracked by the poll, the President and the military lost the most trust among young Americans with a seven point drop.
Overall, the pollsters said the level of trust millennials have in “most American institutions tested in our survey” had dropped below even “last year’s historically low numbers.”
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