Millennials, those between 18 and 36, comprise roughly 31 percent of the voting population. According to the Pew Research Center, along with Baby Boomers (ages 52-70), Millennials are the largest voting-aged generation.
The sheer number of eligible Millennials, though, belies their political influence. That’s because Millennials are the least likely to turn out to the polls. According to a Harvard Institute of Politics survey, only 23% of Millennials said they’d “definitely be voting” in the General Election.
Because of their potential importance to this election, we sent more than two-dozen reporters out to interview Millennial voters on Michigan State University’s campus. Are they voting? Who are they voting for? What issues are important to them in this election? Are they hopeful for the future of the country?
Below you can explore the reactions to the election from these potentially pivotal voters, with a particular focus on first-time, women, and minority voters who have been especially affected by the rhetoric of this campaign.
We compiled voters’ quotes based on the candidate they supported. We also talked to Millennials that are not voting, including international students.
Reporting By: Ashley Nance, Camille North, Chelsea Henry, Colin Donnelly, Connor Matthes, D’Vonne Williams, Danielle Connery, Eli Dunninger, Elijah Dunninger, Emily Anfield, Emily Lovasz, Hannah Holliday, Harrison Kushner, Jenna Chapman, Jessica Hanna, Joelle Marino, Jonathan LeBlanc, Joshua Christian Chung, Julia Swoish, Kaiyue Zhang, Kendall Ashman, Lance Cohen, Lukas Eddy, Madeline Stamm, Marsya Mohd Johari, Michael Downes, Myia Blocker, Raven Bradford, Rianna Middleton, Ruta Ulcinaite, Samantha Lewakowski, Shelby Burnett,Taylor Skelton, Whitney McDonald, Zane D’Souza