Teens Presidential Election Survey
If you were 18 years old or older, how likely would you be to vote for President later this year?
Gun Violence, Education, and War
According to the most recent Gallup poll, voting age Americans consider the economy/jobs (39%), immigration (10%), and healthcare (6%) to be among our country’s most important problems. Teens, too, list those issues at similar percentages.
But teens are almost seven times more likely to list gun violence, eight times more likely to list war, and three times more likely to list education as among the most important problems.
What do you think is the most important problem facing our country?
- Economy / Jobs 26% 26%
- Health Care 6% 6%
- Immigration 10% 10%
- Gun Violence 13% 13%
- War in Other Countries 8% 8%
- Education 15% 15%
- Something Else 10% 10%
- Not Sure 11% 11%
Next President Will Be Unpopular With Teens
According to recent RealClear Politics polling, Hillary Clinton (Democrat with the highest delegate counts as of March 2016) has a 53% unfavorable score. Donald Trump (Republican with the highest delegate counts as of March 2016) has a 61% unfavorable score. To give this some context, since the New York Times began their Early Stage [January-June] Favorability Ratings in 1976, no candidate has become president with unfavorable scores above 41%.
The unfavorable scores for both candidates are even worse with teens. More than half of teens have an unfavorable impression of Clinton and nearly three quarters of teens have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.
What is your impression of the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton?
What is your impression of the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump?
What a Political Poll Can Help Us Learn About Teens
Fuse’s Teen Presidential Election Survey illustrates the following broad insights about teens and the potential impact of their views:
- Social issues: guns, education, and war are issues that will become greater priorities.
- Engagement: political engagement could decline with the election of a President who teens view as unfavorable.
- Independence: teens’ political views are another example of Gen Z continuing to demonstrate a growing independence versus Millennials.
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