Article by Tom Angell, Marijuana.com
As the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump tightens, Clinton’s campaign has made a concerted effort to win the support of millennials. While Democrats might like to take young people’s votes for granted, polling shows that they shouldn’t.
A Quinnipiac survey released last week shows that just 31 percent of likely voters between the ages of 18 and 34 are in Clinton’s corner. While that’s five percentage points higher than the demographic’s support for Trump, the poll shows a huge share of youth support going to third party candidates: Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party nets 29 percent of the millennial vote and Jill Stein of the Green Party gets 15 percent.
And comparing the firm’s new results to a similar survey it did last month shows that young people’s support for Clinton is trending downward. In August, 48 percent backed her candidacy.
With less than seven weeks to go until Election Day, what can Clinton do to stop the bleeding and re-attract some wayward young voters back from third party candidates?
In a word: Marijuana.