The latest Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll has Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson beating both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton among registered voters under 25.
Johnson wins 35 percent of young voters, Democrat Clinton comes in second at 30 percent, Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 14 percent, and Trump only receives 12 percent.
You read that right. Donald Trump is in last place, getting beat by the Green Party with Millennials.
That’s losing YUGE with young people.
88 percent of those voters aged 18-24 have an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with 65 percent who view Clinton unfavorably. Johnson only polls at 12 percent with overall voters.
A McClatchy poll last week showed the Libertarian candidate also cleaning up with young voters and Trump coming in last behind both prominent third party candidates. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake wrote Friday, “A couple of weeks back, I asked whether it was possible that Donald Trump might lose millennial voters to a third-party candidate, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson.”
“Well, a new poll shows him losing young voters not just to Johnson, but also to Green Party nominee Jill Stein,” Blake said. “The McClatchy poll shows Trump pulling just 1 in 10 votes — 9 percent — among Americans under 30 years old. Hillary Clinton is at 41 percent, while Johnson is at 23 percent and Stein is at 16 percent.”
“Trump is basically tied with ‘undecided,’ which is at 8 percent.”
Vice’s Harry Cheadle found similar results with the Democrat-leaning Public Policy Poll:
A survey by Public Policy Polling released last week shows the depth and breadth of Trump’s millennial problem. That poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump by 5 points among respondents overall—but that gap grew to 15 points—45 percent to 30 percent—among voters under age 30, with 35 percent of that group still undecided or opting for a third-party candidate.
Even young Republican voters are turned off by Trump. Cheadle notes:
A Time magazine article about young people at the Republican National Convention claimed that most millennials in attendance weren’t Trump voters; in fact, many were, like other Republicans, openly wondering if they could support a man who says such noxious things publicly. That lines up with exit polling from the GOP primaries, which found that on Super Tuesday at least, millennials were the least likely Republican cohort to vote for Trump.
“Younger conservatives are libertarian-leaning,” Young Americans for Liberty Executive Director Cliff Maloney told Vice (Disclosure: I’m a former employee of Young Americans for Liberty and regular speaker at their events).
Maloney’s observation about the youth-liberty overlap lines up with what I wrote about Trump’s authoritarianish Republican convention speech last month: “If basic liberty is a concern […] what Trump represents is the inverse of this.”
“A liberty-less Republican Party is not one worth having, and we saw it on full display Thursday,” I added. “If this is what the GOP now is and shall remain, it’s not for me.” Apparently, many young voters agree.
And that could be good news for Gary Johnson.