Barry McNamara  |   Published October 12, 2015

Sanders vs. Trump?

Millennials reveal political preferences in Monmouth’s new national poll
MONMOUTH, Ill. — If the 18- to 24-year-old demographic were running the United States, next year’s presidential election would be between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. That is just one of the findings from Monmouth College’s first national survey of the age group otherwise known as “Millennials.”   Link to poll results: www.monmouthcollege.edu/millennial-survey    “Our new national political poll focuses exclusively on the political preferences of a single demographic group – 18- to 24-year-old young adults,” said Joe Angotti, visiting distinguished professor at Monmouth College and former executive producer of NBC Nightly News.   He continued, “Young adults have been particularly difficult to survey in recent years because of their heavy reliance on cell phones with unlisted numbers. We commissioned Triton Research from Bend, Ore., to conduct this poll online using methodology developed by them.”   The poll has a sample size of 307 respondents, “which is more than three times the number of young adults who respond to traditional political polls,” said Angotti.   The questionnaire was designed by Monmouth College faculty using language and phrasing that will permit political editors to easily compare the responses of this age group to those of the general public.   Sanders topped Hillary Clinton by roughly 14 points, leading 36 to 22. Trump, who received just more than 15 percent of the vote, topped Ben Carson and Jeb Bush, who both polled around 10 percent.   Will the Millennials’ vote matter? Discerning that was the idea behind two other questions on the survey. Nearly 80 percent said it was likely they would vote in next year’s general election, while nearly 75 percent said they were already registered to vote.   Among the survey’s other findings were that Millennials favored undocumented immigrants being allowed to live and work in the U.S. (65 percent) and same sex marriage (70 percent). Forty-four percent were opposed to sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS, which topped 30 percent in support and 26 percent that were undecided.   In a question related to an upcoming speaker at Monmouth College – McMullen Lecturer Massimo Pigliucci – 76 percent of the survey respondents said they believed climate change is caused by human activity. An outspoken critic of pseudoscience and creationism, Pigliucci will speak on campus on Oct. 29 and is expected to discuss his thoughts on climate change, among several other topics. 
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