WSJ: Millennial Voters Reveal Potential Inroads for GOP
Jun 1, 2016 2:30 pm ET
The College Republicans have a word of warning for their party: Young Americans don’t give Republicans strong marks for caring about key issues this election year.
The College Republican National Committee released a sobering survey of 18- to 29-year-old Americans Wednesday that found millennials give Democrats much stronger marks on the question of which party cares more about a range of issues, including education, health care and economic growth.
Republicans have long struggled to attract younger voters, but with the millennial generation (adults ages 18 to 35) matching baby boomers as the largest share of the electorate, the College Republicans are trying to find places where the GOP can make inroads with this increasingly influential voting bloc.
The survey, “Growing Up GOP,” suggests these same younger Americans who give Democrats stronger marks for caring about the issues important to them may be open to Republican ideas for overhauling teacher tenure, reducing regulations and applying more market forces to the health-care industry, among others.
“While we still face branding challenges, young voters embrace conservative principles on limiting size and scope of government in key areas like the economy, health care and education,” said Alexandra Smith, chairwoman of the College Republican National Committee.
The report doesn’t mention the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump, but it clearly outlines some of the hurdles he will face in winning over these younger voters, who favored President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, 60% to 37%, in 2012 and proved the difference in some key battlegrounds, including Florida and Ohio.
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The full report for “Growing up GOP” can be found at www.millennial.gop
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