Survey Finds A Solid Majority Of Young Voters Want Democrats To Keep The White House



A survey from the Harvard University Institute of Politics contained good news for Democrats. The younger voters that were a key part of President Obama’s victories solidly want to keep a Democrat in the White House.

The survey found that Obama coalition is going to keep their support with Democrats in 2016:

Overall, young Americans prefer that a Democrat (55%) win the White House over a Republican (40%) in the 2016 race for president, a view held within the younger (18-24 year-olds – 53%: Democrat; 41%: Republican) and older (25-29 year-olds – 57%: Democrat; 39%: Republican) segments of the age-group. ‎This view is stronger among young African-Americans (87%: Democrat; 8%: Republican) and young Hispanics (68%: Democrat; 27%: Republican). A majority of young whites, however, prefer Republican White House control after 2016 (53%: Republican; 41%: Democrat).


Among 18-to 29- year-olds, President Obama’s job performance has improved seven percentage points over the past six months (50%: Mar. 2015; 43%: Oct. 2014). The president’s job approval also increased across all major subgroups, including among young Hispanics – rising sixteen ‎percentage points over the same time period (65%: Mar 2015; 49%: Oct. 2014). The president’s approval ratings on handling the economy (47%: Mar. 2015; 36%: Oct. 2014), health care (43%: Mar. 2015; 37%: Oct. 2014) and race relations (50%: Mar. 2015; 47%: Oct. 2014) all also increased since October. Tracking with the president, job approval of Democrats in Congress improved five percentage points (40%: Mar. 2015; 35%: Oct. 2014) since the fall, while approval of Republicans in Congress remained at 23% for the third straight IOP poll.


It is no surprise that Hillary Clinton is running away with the Democratic nomination. Younger voters support Hillary Clinton over Elizabeth Warren 47%-11%. Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 47%-1%. No Republican candidate was able to break 10% support with younger Republicans. Ben Carson (10%), Rand Paul (8%), Jeb Bush (7%), Mike Huckabee (7%), and Scott Walker (5%) were the top five Republicans.

Many Republicans had embraced the hopeful delusion that young voters would be up for grabs without President Obama on the ballot, but it looks like the Obama coalition is holding strong and ready to support Hillary Clinton in 2016. What Republicans refuse to admit is that it is their policies that are pushing younger voters away. Republicans are wrong on immigration, same-sex marriage, women’s issues, climate change, the war on drugs, income inequality.

These are issues that matter to voters regardless of age, but on social issues, Republicans are completely out of step with younger voters. The Republican fantasy that the Obama coalition would crumble in 2016 is getting a stiff dose of reality. The 2016 election cycle is beginning with Democrats being powered by many of the demographic groups that powered President Obama to victory in 2008 and 2012.

38 Replies to “Survey Finds A Solid Majority Of Young Voters Want Democrats To Keep The White House”

  1. In the analogy of : “the Good
    Cop-Bad Cop” approach. —–Why would any voter want to see the “Bad Cop” (Republicans) in the room with them? So, it’s much easier to deal with the “Good Cop” (Democrats). He, “Good Cop” cares and listens to you and tries to help you, even if you are in a world of $#it. Democrats are like that: The “Good Cops”. ;) While in the other room…the “Bad Cop” is blowing fire and brimstone down upon you. So, it’s a no-brainner: We want a Democrat in the White House—AGAIN!

  2. Not just younger voters. I’m 59, been a Democrat all my life, and see NOTHING from the Republicans that could convince me to change. All the Republicans offer is empty rhetoric and a very myopic vision of America. They have yet to offer any solutions to our problems, but rather policies that are sure to exacerbate the problems we already have. Their only platform is give the rich more and the poor less. In other words, the same policies that got us in this mess in the first place. While I lean more towards Sanders or Warren, Hillary WILL be the candidate, AND the next president, and I will support her.

  3. Young voters are typically more educated than the sour
    old farts who put and kept Dubya in office for eight insane destructive years. What manner of fool would even consider voting for a repug presidential candidate
    after the Bush administrations AND the harmful obstruct-
    ionism they’ve devoted themselves to during Obama’s
    two terms? Next election should be as easy as asking the
    few undecided voters the Reagan question. Are you bet-
    ter off now than you were eight years ago? Notice I said
    “should be”. Lies, voter suppression, and gerrymandering
    must be taken into account. Vote young folks, VOTE!!!

  4. Seeing as how the Reich Wingers who are running keep screeding about “Fresh Young Ideas” from a “Fresh Young candidate. I wonder how they will spin this and simple fact that the younger crowd has no use for the bigoted agenda from these alleged” fresh young candidates”….selling the same old hateful trash…

  5. Especially don’t forget the underhanded part. I think the Republicans have figured the machines out and I suspect that massive vote rigging has occurred, and is going to occur in the future unless we do something to make sure that there is a paper trail that can be used to investigate suspected cheating. Republicans will do whatever it takes, they have no shame.

  6. Exactly. All polls in the world are meaningless if they do not vote. If the voters want democrats in power then they need to vote. No excuses. VOTE!!!

  7. Not all of us “sour old farts” voted for Bush. And believe me, a lot of us old farts are very well educated. Remember, we came from a time before Republicans started cutting funds for schools and college was affordable. I do agree that education plays a part in it; studies have shown that the higher your educational level, the more likely you are to be a liberal. My parents were both liberals, and would never have voted for Bush, and WOULD have voted for Obama, as I did. Please, don’t lump us all in one category. Even old farts have varying political beliefs!

  8. VickieG, sorry I didn’t mean to offend. I’m 65 myself and
    only sour because America could be so much better off
    right now if repugs had joined with Obama instead of
    uniting to completely harpoon his efforts. Peace, sister
    and Jah bless.

  9. Shows you just how dumb these supposedly educated young people are.
    We don’t need another Clinton.
    I’m not voting fore Monica’s ex boyfriends wife.

  10. Do you even know what the Clinton foundation does? Are you at peace that one man can buy a candidate AKA the republican primary? I understand that if you don’t know. Trust I do because you turn on that fox or get in your car and tune into god knows what and they tell you how to think because you don’t read

  11. Well one thing for sure…..our relationship with Israel will be much better…….once they donate to their foundation.

  12. So Israel would dictate what is in our national security interest? And you call yourself a patriot. More like a fifth columnist

  13. Don’t know…….took it in 1967 and I have no idea of what you’re talking about.
    You’d better get to bed before your mom finds out you’re still up.

  14. You don’t know the oath you took to defend the constitution?
    Be Ready To Raise Your Right Hand
    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

  15. Nothing a little ptsd cure from a jar couldn’t cure.
    Look what McCain learned from his naval experience.
    Hard to believe he was in the same navy and war as
    John Kerry. Nuttin nah gwan.

  16. Could “Dave”, “Bobby”, “Susie” and Little Timmy please stop with the flag collecting nonsense. You only comment with “I agree!” “This is a mess.” “Yes.” as an excuse to “collect” some ridiculous internet “flag”. At least try to add to the conversation. Please.

    FYI: I had to look it up.

  17. We not only need to elect a Democrat as President, but remember the Repulshricans did NOT work with the POTUS Stand up for OUR country. Don’t let the Koch’s millions ruin OUR country!Vote for every Democrat in every election. Let’s show them that we arein control!

  18. I grew up in ’59-’67 democratic governor Pat Brown’s vision of California and rode his wave of prosperity until governor Reagan’s tax cuts and trickle-down took hold in the late 70’s.
    Then Reagan foisted his mess of an idea on the rest of the U.S.

  19. Did Clinton lie us into a war?
    So you’re a “veteran” and you vote vote republican?

    Sent by Obama, approved by the House — rejected by the Republican Senate.
    H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875.
    H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act
    H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
    H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans
    H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009
    H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act
    H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
    S.1982 – would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans
    Senator Jeff Sessions refers to veterans benefits as “entitlement.”

  20. It is good that young voters want Democrats to keep the presidency, but it will take votes to accomplish that goal. It will take the women’s vote, the people of color vote, veterans and legal immigrant vote as well to keep the White House! Far and above that, the Congress has to be cleaned of all obstructionist as well as the local and state level! Conservatives are always on the wrong side of history. Seems as though TEA/pseudo republicans haven’t learned one damn thing! Slashing Social Programs and attacking Obamacare yet again will gain nothing! It is the local and state level where controls have had a detrimental effect. If you do not vote, or are not register to vote, or are denied your right to vote, you are voting for the opposition! NO politician has any right to impose their religious beliefs onto others just because they are in office! Register! Vote! Register others to vote! Failure is not an option!

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