Democrats can’t count on millennials to be the deciding factor in the midterms.
Only a third of 18-to-34-year-old voters plan on heading to the polls next Tuesday, according to an NBC News/GenForward survey released this week.
The demographic, projected to surpass Baby Boomers next year as the largest living adult generation in the U.S., could easily have an outsized influence on the midterms — if they actually pulled the lever.
“I am definitely voting,” vowed Jacob Frederick, 23, who works at Google. “ I’m not happy with the current administration and congress. I’ve become more politically active over the past few years.”
However, most young voters, who tend to lean toward the progressive end of the political spectrum, just can’t be bothered.
Almost 20% of millennials said they will probably or definitely not vote, according to the NBC News/GenForward. An additional 26% say they might take the time to fulfill their civic duty, and about a quarter are still uncertain about whether they’ll vote or not.
Young voters are historically less likely to show up to the poll in midterm elections than presidential elections, and this year, despite the politically-charged atmosphere and the unpopularity of President Trump among millennials, may not be an exception.
An earlier poll found that 42% of millennials said their midterm vote would be in opposition to President Trump. Only 14% said their vote would be in support of the President.
Frederick, a Seattle native living in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, said he’s not sure who he’s backing just yet, but said Trump is definitely weighing on his mind heading into the midterms.
“I deeply disagree with Donald Trump and the things he’s done,” he said. “I don’t know who I’m voting for but I plan on reviewing the voter guide the next few days and asking people I trust, but realistically it’ll probably the left leaning (candidate).”
Adrienne Westwood, 38, a choreographer and teacher from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn who considers herself a millennial “cusper,” said she is planning to head to the polls.
“I guess a lot of millennials don’t vote in the midterms because they don’t know who’s running, but the state of the country is totally atrocious and we have to do something about it,” she told the Daily News.
“To be honest I don’t feel like my vote matters that much in New York City and New York State because it’s generally liberal but I’m going to show up anyway,” she added.
The NBC News/GenForward survey finds that millennials don’t feel represented by Congress, which could be a sign of election disengagement heading into November.
A majority of millennials overall (63 percent) do not think that Congress represents the interests of people like them well. About a third (35 percent) think Congress represents people like them well.