Poll: 55%+ of millennials want free college, $15 minimum wage — and don’t want border wall

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(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Millennial polls giveth and millennial polls taketh away — at least when it comes to hope for the GOP.

This week, an ABC News poll showed great news for Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, showing a 36 percent swing among millennial voters toward the billionaire.

However, this latest YouGov poll has bad news for the Republican Party. Millennials are significantly more liberal on issues that are likely to be central to the 2016 campaign.

55 percent of voters under age 30 want “our taxes [to] provide college tuition free for students.” Less than a quarter of them say we shouldn’t.

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57 percent want a $15 minimum wage nationwide, which is a little higher than the 52 percent overall figure.

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55 percent don’t want a southern border wall. Only 26 percent support Trump’s central campaign proposal.

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There’s really only one bit of good news in the poll: Hillary Clinton has the lowest support among millennials of any Democrat in recent memory. She is only winning 43 percent of the youth vote — Obama won this demographic by 20 percent more than that in both of his elections.

So, what should Republicans do? What should Trump do? Continue attacking Clinton’s authenticity and lay out a positive platform for millennials. Only 24 percent of millennials think Clinton is sincere; they see her as a panderer. Maybe Trump could roll out a new epithet “Pandering Hillary” or something more Trump-like and creative.

The next thing he needs to do is make an economic case to millennials struggling in this economy. We explained how to do this in more detail here. He’s hired many young workers and has a great college affordability plan, but he needs to mention that more often. His hope has to be — that while millennials disagree with him on the minimum wage, free college, and the border wall — they will give him a second look because of their distaste for Clinton and their hope for jobs.


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