Poll: Majority of millennials say they will probably vote in midterms

Poll: Majority of millennials say they will probably vote in midterms
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About a third of voters ages 18-34 will definitely vote in next week’s midterm elections, and another 26 percent say they’ll probably vote, according to a new NBC News/GenForward survey of millennials released Wednesday. 

About a quarter of young voters polled said they are unsure if they’ll vote, and a combined 19 percent say they will probably or definitely not vote.


The high number of probable voters comes as a majority of those surveyed, 59 percent, said they are not actually familiar with the candidates who are running in the congressional districts they will be voting in.

Millennials, who have historically been less likely to vote in midterm elections than during presidential cycles, overwhelmingly said in the survey that Congress does not represent people like them, by a 63 percent to 35 percent margin. That number remains largely the same among likely and unlikely millennial voters in the poll.

Interest in the midterm elections among millennial voters surveyed was not particularly high, with 39 percent having a great deal or quite a bit of interest, while 31 percent only reported having some interest and 27 percent saying they had little or no interest in November’s contests.

Energizing young voters is a key for Democrats to maximize what they hope will be a blue wave in Tuesday’s elections as they seem poised to gain a majority in the House, but possibly lose ground in the Senate.

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 The NBC News/GenForward poll surveyed 1,881 adults aged 18-34 from Sept. 21-Oct. 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.76 percentage points.