A report on Tuesday in Washington said majority of U.S. youths had rejected Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s strategy of wooing young supporters of Bernie Sanders, former Democratic presidential candidate.
The latest USA Today/Rock-the-Vote poll released showed that in spite of his strategy of patching bipartisan coalition by appealing to young supporters of Sanders, a new poll found that his populist play had failed among millennial.
The poll found that while 56 per cent of voters under 35 years say they would vote for Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, one in five in this age group support Trump.
It added that Clinton trounced Trump among Sanders’ supporters, with 72 per cent, supporting the former Secretary of State and 11 per cent backing Trump.
U.S. Census Bureau data released in April showed that the number of the millennial generation, now 18 years to 34 years, was estimated to be 75.4 million.
USA Today and Rock vote showed that young adults may reject the Republican nominee at an unprecedented rate during this election cycle.
According to the poll, Trump’s support among young voters was even lower than the estimated 32 per cent of support Richard Nixon received among 18-year to 29-year-old voters in 1972 amid widespread protest against the Vietnam War.
Meanwhile, the poll offered the latest evidence for verifying the widely perceived allegation that a majority of supporters of both nominees may base their allegiance not on approval of their nominee but rejection of the other.
According to the poll, 54 per cent of Trump supporters and 51 per cent of Clinton supporters say one of the main reasons they back the nominee is to keep the other out of the White House. (Reuters/NAN)
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