GOP is alienating most of an entire generation

Young-voters-BRITE

(AP)

Last year, in a Harvard poll of likely voters aged 18-29, 55 percent said that they would vote for an unnamed Democrat for president, while 40 percent said they would vote for an unnamed Republican.

Today, in that same poll, that 15-point advantage for Democrats has grown to a 28-point advantage.  Much of that advantage comes from overwhelming support among young minority voters. But even among young white voters, a 12-point advantage for a generic Republican candidate back in April 2015 has become a 2-point advantage for a generic Democrat.

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Apparently, the inspiring colloquy of ideas featured in Republican presidential debates, interspersed with highly educational Trump rallies, have had quite an effect on the GOP brand among today’s impressionable young voter.

When queried using the names of actual candidates, the news gets even worse for Republicans. Sixty-one percent of likely young voters say they would vote for Hillary Clinton; just 25 percent say they would vote for Donald Trump. I doubt that numbers like that have ever been seen before in the history of American political polling. As the Wall Street Journal recently noted:

“In 1980, 18- to 29-year-olds divided almost equally between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Four years later, they picked Mr. Reagan over Walter Mondale, and then George H.W. Bush over Michael Dukakis. When millennials first began voting, in 2000, 18- to 29-year-olds split almost evenly between Al Gore and George W. Bush.”

We’ve paid a lot of attention to the immediate problems confronting the GOP in the 2016 cycle, but as it’s currently constituted, its longer-term prospects don’t seem any brighter.

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Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Hillary can quit thinking about Bernie now that she has the Super delegates all wrapped up and go back to thinking about her Wall Street friends and the Clinton Foundation and what she is going to charge per night for the Lincoln bedroom. Hillary knows her pantie sniffers will believe anything she tells them so it will be business as usual in the WH while Bill interviews the interns

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Donald Trump forgot about the millions of American born Muslims and Hispanics from the selfie generation that will be voting in November, they turn 18 this year.  That's millions GOP with an M.  



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@StraightNoChaser He doesnt have a James Inhofe snowball in hell chance.


Republicans know it too. Its why you see all the hand wringing over his nomination.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Visual_Cortex @MaryElizabethSings @Kamchak


No, there isn't.  I simply said that I didn't see any woman there who looked happy to be among those shirtless men who were Trump supporters.  That was a fact, as was sadly shown in the photo.


Of course, most of the sexist men on this blog would not have even observed the expressions on the faces of those women.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

I can't recall oft the top of my head, but I'm sure Mike Lukovich had a few cartoons back in the last decade about the warmongering Bush/Cheney duo in power at the time and about the disastrous results of their interventions. 

But I'm guessing Lukovich isn't too concerned that we're on the verge of someone entering the White House next January who out-Cheneys Cheney. 

Guess the libs have evolved.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@Donnie_Pinko I took the print edition back in those days. Jay and Mike both constantly bashed the Bush administration.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@SFM_Scootter @Donnie_Pinko

Why, it's gettin' so a man can't pee away a trillion dollars in the sand and get hundreds of thousands of people killed for no good reason without getting constantly bashed.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

More breaking lies from Breitbarf.... Yes @DownInAlbany Breitbart are proven liars and no I do not believe a word they have to say.


"We are in possession of a video from in which Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaks at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia. In the first video, Sherrod describes how she racially discriminates against a white farmer. She describes how she is torn over how much she will choose to help him. And, she admits that she doesn't do everything she can for him, because he is white".

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@StraightNoChaser @DownInAlbany my mom AND dad are USDA lifers, and that was the lowest of the lowest scum stunt, and no one in that orbit will ever forget it. They're scorching the earth because they know they're goin out.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Kamchak hmmmm...................quoted below   If you are childish enough to totally discount the facts because of who is reporting them...do some research and verify for yourself.  Or ignore.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Kamchak You keep that one in your pocketbook like Hillary keeps hot sauce.  You can pour it on any and everything.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany @Kamchak LOL.....  you know that Hillary's long history with favoring Hot Sauce is well documented.  LOL... But you go with the buffoonery.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

 You keep that one...

I'm not the one who "keep(s)" it, sport.

That would be archived on breitbart's servers.

Just sayin'.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Kamchak @DownInAlbany  You can still find it on Breitbart?  At least Coulter deleted her tweet when she realized that Paul Horner was not a paid demonstrator for Sanders.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Trump will have more votes against him than for him, especially young voters.  Twist that any way you want too GOP he will still lose by a landslide so please nominate him.  

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I just don't know how I'll sleep tonight, knowing that the Grey Lady called Hils a hawk.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex 

Wow. I guess to be honest Visual I thought you were a little more astute than that. 

You REALLY don't think the publication of a lengthy and laudatory profile by the New York Times on Hillary Clinton's hawkish credentials, oh so conveniently timed AFTER the New York primary, is relevant?


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko @Visual_Cortex

I take it with the same degree of seriousness I took in the NYT's dumb bit a few days back about how Hils and Liz Warren lack "chemistry" and oh yeah "Fauxcahontas", makes her a bad Veep choice.

They publish a lot of crap. They still have Little Thommy Freidman on their damn payroll, fercryinoutloud.

So if they went big with a "Hils is a hawk" thingie recently, it was more about ad dollars than some careful timing on her behalf.

Put it this way:

They made you look. And care.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@honested @Donnie_Pinko @Visual_Cortex It matters to Lenin


Who see a hidden hand that directs everything. Everything is a sort of conspiracy.


Ive read negative things in the NYT concerning Hillary. Those are conveniently discarded.


Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko 

So if they went big with a "Hils is a hawk" thingie recently, it was more about ad dollars than some careful timing on her behalf.

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That's where you're wrong. 

The New York Times doesn't have to worry about a few clicks and Google ad $ when it's election season and it's got a favorite to promote for next leader of the empire.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany Now why would we do that....any day now you have told us she will be indicted. 

And you do know that Brietbart gets payola for promoting Trump?  Nawwwww....I bet you don't care.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@BuckeyeGa @DownInAlbany If you are childish enough to totally discount the facts because of who is reporting them...do some research and verify for yourself.  Or ignore.  Those are your two choices.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @BuckeyeGa

It's pretty easy to discount the facts for what they are. A tallying of a primary race that is about as different for 2016 from 2008 as a primary race could be.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany 

I would submit that a close race between Clinton and Obama drew a large number of voters in 2008.  The current race is not so close.  That could account for a portion of the decrease. 

Also consider that a large number of Democratic voters may be fine with either candidate, and so are less likely to vote.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@DownInAlbany @BuckeyeGa It's not childish to need other sources..it's actually shows intelligence not to trust one source lolol...but go ahead thinking breitbart, who's habitually lies, to be a credible source haha

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger @DownInAlbany

a large number of Democratic voters may be fine with either candidate,

Yes, and that's something the Hils/Bernie loyalists do not really want to discuss (for obvious reasons, and that's ok) but I think that's a pretty reasonable presumption.

The loyalists would scoff and argue otherwise, but the truth is, a lot of people hear them at these debates and town meetings and recognize that they're really not all that far apart on a whole lof of issues, particularly domestic-economy issues that tend to rise to the top of most folks' priority lists.


PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BuckeyeGa @DownInAlbany  Ah - but then it wouldn't be advertised as a Breitbart Exclusive.  I don't doubt that the turnout is down on the D side - not sure it means anything for November.