What Young People Think About Politics

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —Every year, the Harvard Public Opinion Project over at the Kennedy School polls thousands of Americans aged 18 to 29. 

And as always, this year’s results are telling.

For starters, no big surprise, young people have little use for President Trump. His numbers are terrible across the board.

Among the likely voters, the top Democratic candidates are the two oldest ones, Bernie Sanders with 29% and Biden with 21%. Further undercutting the notion that young voters prefer a younger nominee, Beto O’Rourke, deemed the hepcat candidate in some quarters, lags behind with ten percent; Pete Buttigieg is a non-factor with one percent.

Some potential good news for Seth Moulton, Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard, the three military vets in the race so far – the military is “trusted to do the right thing” by 54%, far more so than Congress, local or state government, or the media. 

President Trump is trusted by just 24%.

Young voters want a more activist government, especially on climate change, but are skeptical of the Green New Deal. Small pluralities believe recent immigration has done more good than harm and disagree with Trump-era trade policy.

But Trump aside, the worst news is for their Baby Boomer elders. 

Only 22% agreed that Boomers care about people like them; 42% disagree. The numbers are even worse for elected official Boomers.

What’s the bottom line? 

Trump has little chance of competing for these voters, but the Democrats – older and younger – have a ways to go before they can count on them in November 2020.

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