Poll: Millennials Strongly Prefer Clinton

Poll: Millennials Strongly Prefer Clinton
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Millennials prefer Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump by a sizable margin, although the gap between the two candidates has shrunk since April, according to a new poll conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

In a three-way race among Clinton, Trump, and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, the former secretary of state garners 34 percent support, compared to 17 percent for Trump and 15 percent for Johnson. When the respondent pool is narrowed to likely millennial voters, Clinton’s lead over Trump increases to 45 percent to 23 percent, with 13 percent saying they would vote for Johnson.

These results paint a better picture for Clinton than do the national polls; in a three-way race, according to RealClearPolitics polling average, she leads her Republican opponent by 40 percent to 36 percent. Johnson is polling at just under 8 percent.

Clinton is in a weaker position now in a head-to-head matchup against Trump than she was in a Harvard poll released in April -- when neither candidate had clinched their party’s nomination. At the time, she led the real estate developer, 61 percent to 25 percent. That 36-point margin has shrunk to a 26-point gap among likely millennial voters, and 21 points among all millennials.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the most popular candidate among millennials when the new poll was conducted. Since then, Sanders has endorsed Clinton.

Thirty-one percent of millennials view the former first lady favorably, compared to 60 percent who view her unfavorably. Trump’s numbers are lower: 18 percent favorable and 74 percent unfavorable.

The survey of 1,001 18- to 29-year-old U.S. citizens, conducted June 21-July 3, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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