A majority of millennial voters say they want a Democrat to win in 2016.
According to a Harvard Institute of Politics survey, 55% of voters between the age of 18 and 29 say they want a Democrat to win next year while 40% say they want a Republican.
Young minority voters overwhelmingly say they would like to see a Democrat win next year – 87% of blacks and 68% of Hispanics. However, 53% of young white voters would like to see a Republican.
The data underscores the issues facing the GOP in expanding the party’s appeal to the young voters and minorities that formed a crucial portion of President Obama’s coalition during his presidential runs in 2008 and 2012.
In 2012, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found Obama won 67 percent of the young vote, compared to 30 percent for GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Had the two candidates split voters aged 18 to 29, Romney would have won the election, the analysis found.