Poll: Millennials prefer Sanders over Clinton
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More American Democrats ages 18-29 prefer Sanders to Clinton for the White House in 2016, according to the Harvard University Institute of Politics survey.


Sanders receives 41 percent of that age group, contrasted with 35 percent for Clinton among the same demographic.

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), meanwhile, earns less than 1 percent voter support. Another 22 percent are undecided on their choice in next year’s Democratic primary.

Millennial Democrats are also typically untroubled by Sanders’ self-described “Democratic Socialist” platform, pollsters found.

About 66 percent said that label makes “no difference” in supporting his campaign. About 24 percent said it would make them “more likely” to support Sanders, while 9 percent said it made it “less likely” instead.

Thursday’s results additionally found that Democratic millennials are largely satisfied with their Oval Office options in 2016.

About 19 percent said they were “very satisfied” with their candidates next year, while 53 percent said they were “somewhat satisfied” instead.

Just 21 percent reported that they were “not very satisfied” with the Democratic presidential contenders, while only 6 percent were “not at all satisfied” with their choices.

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics conducted its latest sampling of 2,011 18- to 29-year-olds via online interview from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9. It has a 2.8 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.

Clinton is nearly 25 points ahead of Sanders nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

He nonetheless remains competitive by leading her in the early-voting state of New Hampshire.

Sanders edges out Clinton by 4 points in that state, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics index there.

The Vermont lawmaker has also repeatedly resonated with younger voters in national samplings earlier this year.

Sanders had a 15-point edge over Clinton, for example, in a NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll issued in late autumn. He received 48 percent to Clinton’s 33 percent among voters aged 18-29 in the sampling released on Oct. 30.