Reuters Poll Shows Young Voters Slipping Away From Democrats

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However, they are not painting the entire Republican party with a broad brush because of the words and actions of the President.

In particular, 47 percent of white millennials said two years ago they would vote for the Democrats, but now the number is only 39 percent for this year, the poll found.

That's a problem for House Republicans, as the Democrats only need to win 23 seats to flip the majority.

Donald Green, a political science professor at Columbia University in New York City, told Reuters that - believe it or not - young voters aren't "as wedded to one party".

"It sounds odd to me to say this about the Republicans, but they're helping with even the small things", Hood said in a phone interview.

"They're easier to convince than, say, your 50- or 60-year-olds who don't really change their minds very often", he added to the outlet.

"It gathered about 65,000 responses in all during the first three months of 2018 and 2016, including 16,000 registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34 and almost 11,000 registered white millennial voters".

That's about nine-percent of younger voters saying they have lost confidence in Democrat leadership over the last two years.

The shift away from Democrats was more pronounced among white millennials - who accounted for two-thirds of all votes cast in that age group in 2016.

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"The shift was especially dramatic among young white men, who two years ago favored Democrats but now say they favor Republicans over Democrats by a margin of 46 to 37 percent", Reuters reports.

Reed, now 28, grew more supportive of gun rights, for instance, while married to her now ex-husband, a U.S. Navy technician.

Now, Maloney is among the Democrats suggesting that the 2018 field is dramatically larger than anyone could have guessed a year ago, including in some more rural spots that they once thought of ceding to Republicans.

A massive new poll of young voters has some inconvenient news for Democrats.

Howver, students in the crowd also raised many other issues, notably the local economy.

Further, among Republican likely voters, 95 percent say they would vote for their party's candidate, which is up from 89 percent in January and now matches the level among Democrats, 95 percent.

There are nearly 90 districts held by Republicans where Trump got a smaller share of the vote than in Reed's, places that Democrats never dreamed of competing in a year ago.

For the past month, Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams has been rolling out an educational campaign to make sure the state's largest population of voters - those who don't choose a political party - know they can participate in the primaries, and to help ensure they don't spoil their ballots by trying cast more than one in June.