Millennials: Diverse, Divided, but Hopeful Politics can Bring Change
CIRCLE’s newest release, based on our poll of Millennials and the 2016 election, takes a deep look at this most diverse generation in American history and explores how they’re reacting to and engaging with this year’s historic presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Two major themes emerge: first, Millennials across the board share a deep skepticism of many major political and public institutions, and less than half of Millennials believe they have a legitimate voice in the political process. However, at the same time, many believe that this election will have an impact on everyday issues like schools and policing.
Second, there are significant differences by race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and educational attainment that shape young people’s worldviews and, in turn, their candidate of choice in the 2016 presidential election.
Read more, and find all of related data and analysis at the CIRCLE 2016 Election Center.
CIRCLE Poll Finds Clinton Leading, Millennials Contacted by a Campaign More Likely to Intend to Vote
According to our exclusive Millennial poll, Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump among likely voters by 49% to 28%, even as, just weeks before Election Day, nearly three quarters of young people have not been contacted by a political party or presidential campaign.
Millennials are paying attention: 76% are following the presidential election, 59% talk about it with friends and family, and 43% have seen political ads. Still, the outreach deficit could have implications for youth turnout; in our poll, 82% of young people who had been contacted multiple times plan to vote in November, while only 62% of those not contacted plan to vote.
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CIRCLE Director Featured on The Today Show
On October 26, our Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg was a featured expert on the Today Show segment: “Are millennials motivated to turn out to vote on Election Day?”
The special report, conducted by Ronan Farrow and part of the program’s “Red, White & You” series on the 2016 election, explored youth attitudes about is November’s presidential contest and about both candidates.
Kei’s insights, drawn from our most recent research, on young people’s skepticism about their political power and the lack of targeted youth outreach from campaigns, helped shape the conversation
Watch the full segment!
CIRCLE in the News
In the past month, CIRCLE data and analysis have been prominently featured in various news outlets:
– New York Times: “How to Energize Demoralized Voters? Teach Civic Responsibility to High School Students“
– McClatchy DC: “Clinton’s way up with millennials — but Trump’s backers seem more eager to vote“
– Mic: “Why don’t millennials vote as much as older generations? Blame institutional road blocks.“