Sanders leads Clinton among millennials, poll finds

Sanders' only age-demographic lead in the survey can be found among those ages 19 to 29.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Oct. 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Though former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is favored as the overall Democratic candidate for president, a poll released Friday indicates competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hold a lead among young voters.

Millennials, those born between 1985 and 1997, are more than twice as likely to vote for Sanders than Clinton, leading her 54 percent to 26 percent, the NBC News-Survey Monkey poll said.

Clinton's rating among the group aged 19 to 29 has steadily fallen from 36 percent in August and 34 percent in September to 26 percent in October.

About 20.5 million people aged 18 to 29 voted in the 2012 presidential election, representing a 45 percent turnout in the age bracket, a self-reporting survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013 indicates. A total of 194.2 million voters turned out for the election, meaning millennials accounted for about 10 percent of voters.

Meanwhile, Clinton leads Sanders among Baby Boomers, those of Generation X and overall. Irrespective of age group, Clinton is preferred over Sanders by 45 percent to 31 percent, figures unchanged from a survey last month.

Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a candidacy, received 10 percent of the overall preference, but three percent of the millennial vote.

A majority of respondents, 56 percent, said Clinton performed best in the Oct. 13 Democratic candidates' debate, while 33 percent favored Sanders.

The NBC News Online Poll was conducted by SurveyMonkey from Oct. 13-15 among a national sample of 4,898 Democratic and Democratic-leaning adults aged 18 and over, with an error estimate 2 percentage points.

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