Support among millennials for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump increased between March and August, as did the percentage of millennials who do not plan to vote for either major-party candidate, or vote at all, a report from Achieve and the Case Foundation finds.
The second in a series of reports examining how political ideology, geographic location, gender, age, race/ethnicity, and/or presidential candidate preference influence millennials' engagement with social causes, the 2016 Millennial Impact Report: Wave 2 Trends (30 pages, PDF) found that as of August, 73 percent of millennials said they planned to vote in the presidential election — the lowest level since the first phase of the study was conducted in March — while 17 percent said they were not planning to vote and 10 percent were unsure. When asked for whom they would vote if the election were held that day, 53 percent of respondents said Clinton and 21 percent said Trump, while 16 percent said they would vote for neither and 10 percent said they wouldn't vote at all.
The report also found that while education (30 percent) and health care (26 percent) remained the top two social issues of interest among millennial respondents, employment/wages (25 percent) edged out the economy as the third most cited concern. The report also notes that education (37 percent) was the top issue among Clinton supporters, while the economy (39 percent) was the top issue among Trump supporters and employment /wages was the top issue among those who planned to vote for neither (30 percent) or not at all (33 percent).
As in the earlier survey, the report looked at millennials' use of social media to communicate about their issues and found that Facebook remained the most popular, with 91 percent of respondents saying they post to the platform, up from 88 percent in phase one of the study, followed by Twitter and Instagram (54 percent each). At the same time, the percentage of respondents who believed that people like them could have an impact on making the United States a better place to live fell from 90 percent to 83 percent, even as 75 percent of respondents indicated that they had some level of trust in government to do what is right, up slightly from 73 percent in the earlier survey.
"We've seen in past presidential elections the power and significance of the millennial generation's voice," said Case Foundation CEO Jean Case. "The 2016 Millennial Impact Report is shedding light on millennial actions and responses during this critical period and challenging our understanding of this generation's attitudes and behaviors toward cause engagement."