Actress and Bernie Sanders supporter Susan Sarandon recently received shock and criticism for suggesting she may not vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. She’s not alone. According to a recent McClatchy-Marist Poll conducted on March 29-31, 25 percent of Sanders supporters would not support her, while 69 percent would.
“Sanders voters are even more committed to him – and perhaps against Clinton,” McClatchy DC suggested that after Sanders’s Tuesday win in Wisconsin.
While voters under 45 are among the most likely to eventually support Hillary, they could play a role in her possibly losing to the Republican nominee. Even if they don’t vote for a Republican, staying home could cause Hillary to come up short.
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, called the possibility “potentially worrisome” for Hillary. “Age seems to be the most significant factor,” he noted.
Professor Carlos L. Yordan of Drew University made a similar point recently, noting the particular importance of young people in swing states. Hillary might also risk a loss if she faces off against Ted Cruz in November, as a recent Fox News poll found he’s preferred by millennials.
The poll reflected Sanders commanding a lead of those 29 and younger by 76 percent to 23 percent. Hillary has less of a lead with those 60 and over, by 65 percent to 29 percent. The results reflect specific primary wins, including in Wisconsin.
Hillary has tried to appeal to young people, telling them at a Michigan town hall, “I tell young people all the time you may not be for me now, but I’m for you regardless. And I’m going to keep working to try to help young people.” A young woman in the audience was captured shaking her head and grimacing in reaction, and she likely wasn’t the only one not swayed. Sanders won that state in an upset, with 81 percent of those 18-29 years old voting for him.