How the millennial vote affected the US presidential election
Statistics speak for themselves when it comes to U.S. millennials’ views on the country's presidential election that took place Nov. 8.
Donald Trump lost the millennial vote to his opponent Hillary Clinton. Only 37 percent of millennial voters cast their ballots for the Republican nominee while 55 percent of the votes were for his Democratic counterpart.
But if we want a full picture of the situation, a few relevant factors need to be taken into account.
According to in-depth studies on exit polls, provided by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, three main points characterize this election’s votes statistics.
1. The percentage of youth supporting the Democratic candidate in this election was lower than the one in 2012, when President Obama won.
2. While young white voters threw more support behind Trump, millennials of color were leaning more toward Clinton. Trump received 48 percent of the white votes while Clinton received 43 percent.
3. Eight percent of U.S. youth (aged 18 to 29) voted for someone other than the two major-party nominees this year, compared with just three percent in 2012. In fact, nearly one in 10 voted for Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson or their own candidate.
Considering that the millennial vote in favor of the Democratic Party this year was lower than in 2012 and that Trump gained more popularity among the upper-middle-age voters, the eight percent of U.S. millennials in favor of third-party nominees had a great influence on the elections.