Millennials have been supporting Democrats for years. They helped elect Obama twice but it has gotten them nowhere. As a generation, they are way behind their parents financially. Now, some of them are beginning to realize they might be better off trying something else.
Exclusive: Democrats lose ground with millennials – Reuters/Ipsos poll
Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections, according to the Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.
The online survey 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. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.
Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.
That presents a potential problem for Democrats who have come to count on millennials as a core constituency – and 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.
Young voters can only be fooled for so long. Democrats promise them the moon every election but don’t deliver, even when they’re in power.