Poll: Millennial women mostly uninspired by candidates
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Millennial women are generally more interested in the 2016 presidential election than they were in 2012 but are largely uninspired by their choices this year, according to a new poll.

Forty-five percent of women ages 18 to 35 say they are somewhat or much more interested in this election than the 2012 race, while 33 percent feel the same about this election and 21 percent feel somewhat or much worse about it, according to the ABC News/Refinery29 poll released Wednesday. 
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed said none of the five remaining presidential candidates — three Republicans and two Democrats — inspired them.
The candidate inspiring the most passion among the demographic group was Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill MORE (I-Vt.), whom 25 percent of those surveyed found inspirational. Another 15 percent viewed Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMore than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows The Memo: GOP attacks bounce off Biden MORE as inspirational, while Republicans Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzYang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump MORE (Texas) hung in single digits.
Clinton has sought to gin up enthusiasm generally among young voters, who have largely opted for Sanders. Among millennial women who identify as Democrats, 51 percent support Sanders, compared to 38 percent for Clinton.
Trump has sought to soften his image recently, following controversial statements on abortion, by appearing on the campaign trail and in a televised town hall Tuesday night with members of his family, including his wife, Melania, and daughter Ivanka, who have served as public character witnesses.
The survey released Wednesday also asked which candidates respondents found "scary." Trump topped the list, with 63 percent of millennial women saying he scares them, followed by 13 percent saying the same of Clinton, 4 percent of Sanders and 3 percent of Cruz.
A majority of respondents from across the political spectrum viewed Trump as scary, including 54 percent of conservative millennial women, 65 percent of moderates and 71 percent of liberals.
The survey of 566 women was conducted March 2–22 via landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points. The results come as the candidates battle in New York ahead of that state's primary Tuesday.