Fox News’ latest poll shows Senator Ted Cruz jumping to a massive 14 percent lead over Secretary Hillary Clinton among voters under the age of 35.
The same poll shows Trump losing the same younger demographic to Clinton by more than 20 percent — despite Clinton having a 67 percent unfavorable rating among these voters.
Cruz’s lead among young voters is fueling his general election chances in November. In this poll, Cruz defeats Clinton 47 percent to 44 percent in the general election; Trump loses 49 percent to 38 percent.
In 2008 and 2012, President Obama won younger voters by huge margins; he defeated Governor Mitt Romney 67 percent to 30 percent among voters 18-to-29 years old. If Cruz can neutralize or reverse this trend, it would be a huge feat for the Republican Party’s future.
In the primary race, Cruz is also winning a strong plurality of younger Republicans. While the poll doesn’t measure Republicans under age 35, it does measure Republicans under age 45. Cruz is winning 47 percent of voters under age 45, compared to 30 percent for Trump and 20 percent for Governor John Kasich.