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Young Voters Fearful of Future, More Support


Clinton Over Trump
October 27, 2016

Fiy-one percent of young Americans are fearful about the future of their country.
Nearly nine in 10 young African-Americans polled by Harvard said people of their
racial background are under attack. Nearly seven in 10 young Hispanics feel the same
way, as do 45 percent of young whites.
ese opinions are from a poll released this week by Harvard Universitys Institute of
Politics.
One young voter told Harvard: Everything seems out of control, and our politicians
care more about themselves than doing the right thing for all Americans. Were all
extremely divided, and very few seem to have any interest in trying to unite us.
Some young adults questioned by Harvard appear to share an important opinion with
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump -- that the system is rigged
rigged
rigged against
average Americans.
Most Young Voters Support Clinton
But the Harvard poll found most young Americans, aged 18 to 29, are not supporting
Trump for president.
Nearly half of likely young voters, or 49 percent, said they will vote for Hillary Clinton,
the Democratic candidate for president. e Harvard poll found 21 percent of likely
voters support Trump, the Republican candidate for president.

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While over half of young Americans are fearful about Americas future, many are
hopeful about their own nancial futures.
e young voters were asked by Harvard how they will be doing when they are their
parents age. Forty-one percent said they expect to be better o nancially. Only 14
percent said they would be worse o.
Opinions of Clinton and Trump
Harvard said 40 percent of young voters have a positive opinion of Clinton and 53
percent a negative opinion. For Trump, 19 percent said they have a positive opinion,
while 73 percent have a negative opinion.
What Trump and Clinton Supporters Say
Two young voters -- one supporting Trump and the other Clinton -- spoke to VOA
about the election.
Nathaniel White, a recent graduate of the University of North Alabama, is leading
Alabama college Republicans for Trump. White said that support for Trump does not
mean young Republicans are happy with recorded comments by Trump in 2005 about
women.

In the recently released recording, Trump talks in an oensive way about women.
But White said America is electing a president to move America ahead economically
and keep it safe, not someone to be a role model.
model
We are looking at someone to lead us into a better position, White said. We are
looking at 2,000 federal appointments, including the Supreme Court, by the next
president. at has to be our biggest concern.
Conrad Zbikowski is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is leading

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college Democratic eorts in Minnesota to elect Hillary Clinton.


Zbikowski said most young people who supported Bernie Sanders for the Democratic
presidential nomination are now for Clinton. Many Republicans at his college are
undecided or are voting for Clinton, he said.
I think millennials have a lot of stresses -- trying to nd a good paying job because
we owe so much in student loans, Zbikowski said. We are looking for someone who
can make college more aordable and reduce the interest on student loans and move
the country forward. at person is clearly Hillary Clinton.
Nearly Half Young People Will De
De nitely Vote
Harvard Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe said 49 percent of 18 to
29-year-olds said they will denitely be voting. at is about the same percentage
that told Harvard they would denitely vote in 2012, when Barack Obama won a
second term.
Young voters are fearful about the future of America, and that is moving them to
action, Della Volpe said.
Here is what one young voter told Harvard:
People are not kind anymore and would rather hurt than help. People are selsh and
are only looking out for themselves. e leaders running for election are showing the
rest of us what the future will look like. I do not want them as role models for the future
of America.
I'm Bruce Alpert.

Bruce Alpert reported this story for VOA Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.
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Words in this Story
poll - v. to ask people a question or a series of questions in order to get information
about what most people think about something
background - n. a persons experiences, knowledge and ethnic background
rig - v. to control or aect something in a dishonest way
role model - n. someone who another person admires and tries to be like
millennial
millennia - n. a person, according to Pew Research Center, born aer 1980
stress - n. a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work
positive - adj. good or useful; thinking about the good qualities of someone or
something
negative - adj. harm or harmful; thinking about the bad qualities of someone or
something

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