Barry McNamara  |   Published December 20, 2015

New national poll

Monmouth College poll shows Millennials turning against Trump
As the new year and the first 2016 presidential primaries draw closer, the dominant political question of the day is what to make of Republican candidate Donald Trump.   A new Monmouth College (Illinois) poll has the answer, at least for one age group – what one of the poll organizers called “the elusive 18- to-24-year-old demographic,” otherwise known as “Millennials.”   “This is the second in our series of national polls dealing with Millennials,” said Joe Angotti, former executive producer of NBC Nightly News, who is a visiting distinguished professor of communication studies at Monmouth College.   The poll, which has already been featured on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was conducted Dec. 12-13 using a national random sample of 300 young adults, which Angotti said “is more than three times the number used in multi-generational polls.” Online data collection was conducted by Triton Polling and Research in Bend, Ore., on behalf of Monmouth College.   The poll, which was organized with the assistance of Monmouth political science lecturer Robin Johnson, focuses on how first-time voters view Trump’s candidacy.   Some of the takeaways include:
  • Half the respondents say they have an unfavorable opinion of Trump;
  • Half oppose Trump’s policy to ban Muslim entry to the U.S.;
  • Trump trails Hillary Clinton by 13 points (38 to 25, with 15 percent undecided) in a hypothetical national election matchup;
  • More than half of the Millennial respondents have registered to vote;
  • Voter registration is split evenly among the two parties and independents.
The entire results of the poll can be found here.   In the college’s first poll of Millennials conducted in October, Bernie Sanders topped Clinton by roughly 14 points in the race for the Democratic nomination, leading 36 to 22. Trump, who received just more than 15 percent of the Republican vote, topped Ben Carson and Jeb Bush, who both polled around 10 percent.
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