Only 1 in 4 Millennials Plan to Vote This Fall
And other poll data
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2014 12:43 PM CDT
A United States flag serves as a backdrop for people to vote at Lindell School, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Long Beach, NY.   (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

(Newser) – Democrats got some polling news today that might be even scarier than yesterday's approval numbers. Only 23% of voters age 18 to 29 say they "definitely" plan to vote in the 2014 midterms, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll spotted by the Christian Science Monitor. Not only does that demographic lean left, but young Democrats are particularly disengaged, with just 22% locked in to voting, compared to 32% of young Republicans. The reason: Overpowering cynicism. "Trust in every institution we tested is down," the poll's director says.

Roughly three in five agreed that politicians "seem to be motivated by selfish reasons," and the percentage who trust President Obama to "do the right thing" has dropped from 39% in November to 32%. In other polling news, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found Americans are quite weary of international entanglements, with 47% saying the US should be less active globally, a dramatically higher mark than in past decades. Only 19% want America to be more active. The public is sending a message to Washington, one pollster said: "You need to take care of business here at home."

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Enigmaticus-Paradoximus
Sep 14, 2014 7:18 PM CDT
3 out of 4, perhaps even 4/4, will complain about the results.
KDickley
May 4, 2014 12:53 PM CDT
Stupid Millenials need to get involved, instead of giving up. The most lying corrupt party is the Democrats, and we all need to vote them out of existance. Then we need to hold the Republican party accountable and vote out those that are not doing the will of the people. I quit voting out of disgust when a great Democrat Hubert Humphrey lost to Crooked Nixon in the late '60's. A friend told me not to give up, and to vote on the issues that affect my community and write in "Mickey Mouse" for president when there is no other good choice. I've been voting ever since because it is very vital to do so.
AngryVet1975
May 4, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
That is because only 1 in 4 Millennials can focus on something that doesn't involve tweets, selfies, or ethnic food.