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Poll: Clinton holds large lead among millennials

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a large lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump among millennial voters, according to a new USA Today/Rock the Vote poll.

{mosads}Clinton is favored by 56 percent of voters under the age of 35, while Trump is backed by only 20 percent, according to the survey of millennials.

In a four-way matchup including Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Clinton gets 50 percent of the vote from those under 35 and Trump receives only 18 percent. Johnson is favored by 11 percent and Stein by 4 percent. Another 18 percent say they won’t vote or don’t know for whom they will vote.

According to the survey, half of those under 35 say they identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party.

Only 20 percent of the respondents say they identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. Another 17 percent identify as independents, and 12 percent identify with another party or don’t know.

The survey also found that 72 percent of supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, who are under 35 plan to vote for Clinton and 11 percent say they will support Trump. Another 11 percent say they don’t plan to vote and 6 percent say they don’t know.

That runs counter to Trump’s rhetoric — the GOP nominee has frequently said on the trail that his campaign will attract Sanders voters disillusioned by the internal feud between the Democratic campaigns.  

Clinton does better among young men, 58 percent to 22 percent, than she does among young women, 53 percent to 17 percent. Women are slightly more likely to say they won’t for either major party’s presidential nominee, 17 percent to 13 percent.

The survey was conducted among 1,539 adults ages 18–34 from Aug. 5 to 10. The margin of error is 4.6 percentage points.

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