According to a new poll from Reuters, the Democratic Party has a big problem on their hands: One of their key demographics is growing sick of the party and looking for greener voting pastures. The poll, which surveyed 16,000 registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34, showed that millennials – the demo that Democrats are counting on to make grand electoral headway against Republicans over the next decade – are walking away from the party in record numbers.
Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections, according to the Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.
The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.
Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.
That presents a potential problem for Democrats who have come to count on millennials as a core constituency – and will need all the loyalty they can get to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November.
The poll did not necessarily indicate that all of the millennials are moving to the Republican Party – many of them are going third party or giving up their interest in politics altogether. But no matter what happens to these would-be Democrats, if they aren’t going to the voting booth to cast a ballot for congressional candidates running under the Democrat flag, it’s a net gain for the Republicans. And it makes it more difficult than ever to believe that there will materialize any “blue wave” in November.
That said, it seems clear that at least a few Democrats are beginning to slowly realize that the party of social progress doesn’t necessarily have their best interests at heart. Reuters spoke to one respondent – Terry Hood, a 34-year-old black man from Baton Rouge – who said that while he had voted for Hillary Clinton, he was pleased with what he’d seen from the GOP thus far.
“It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans,” he said, “but they’re helping with even the small things. They’re taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that.”
Oh, would that be the “crumbs” that Nancy Pelosi talked about so derisively?
No wonder millennials are fed up with this joke of a party.