If you thought millennials were unenthused by the prospect of voting in this upcoming election, that would be a gross understatement.
According to a Gallup poll released on Monday, 47 percent of millennials aged 18-34 said they would “definitely vote” in this upcoming election. That’s down from 58 percent in 2012 when President Obama ran for re-election.
Young voters have a reputation for not showing up to the polls like their elders, but disgruntled millennials are reaching a new level of cynicism.
This doesn’t come as a surprise. In another Gallup poll, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump struggle the most with the 18-34 demographic in terms of favorability. However, Clinton beats Trump in favorability rating, 33 to 18 percent.
Last week through a video conference, Clinton rhetorically asked a gathering of labor union workers, “Having said all this, ‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask?”
Trump immediately responded with this video:
Despite the constant jabs and haymakers Clinton and Trump threw at each other during Monday night’s debate, both candidates addressed issues that a majority of millennials care about: jobs & the economy, college debt & student loans, foreign policy, and criminal justice reform. A USA Today/Rock the Vote poll in August found those four issues mentioned before are the ones millennials care about the most.
Perhaps youth voter turnout will be the worst we’ve seen in years, and that may be an indictment on millennials as a generation. But when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has a higher millennial favorable rating than Trump and strongly competes with Clinton, it becomes an indictment on the Democratic and Republican nominees and the personal baggage they carry.