A new poll released by Harvard University on Tuesday found that millennials are now the largest generation of voters in the country, and they are overwhelmingly Democratic, by a two-to-one margin.
The latest poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics concluded that the nation’s 18-29-year-olds tend to lean towards the left side of the spectrum, with 65 percent to 33 percent. Some believe this may be due to not being a fan of President Donald Trump and being “fearful” about the future.
The poll also found that 67 percent of millennials believe that America’s greatest threats come from outside of our country.
Millennials may also “worry that blacks and Hispanics feel significantly under attack in the U.S.,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Younger voters are reportedly more passionate about environmental issues such as climate change and global warming, alongside another concern; gun control in the states. 61 percent of young Americans believe gun laws should be more strict.
50 percent of millennials have little to no confidence that the U.S. midterm elections next year will be free from Russian interference.
“American political institutions are at a tipping point,” said John Della Volpe, polling director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. “Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate. This poll and the Virginia election show that they are becoming more motivated — and I believe the fear that exists today about our future will soon be turned into the fuel that will reform our government. The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure.”
The poll “is widely anticipated” by political analysts from both parties. They will use the poll to signal where younger voters mind’s lie, and what issues they are passionate about.
Della Volpe’s operation has done 34 youth polls since 2000.