Poll: Clinton’s edge with young people crosses racial lines

Associated Press


Young Americans across races and ethnicities are now more likely to support Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump for president, and to say the former secretary of state will help people like them, a new GenForward poll shows.

Clinton’s largest advantage is among young blacks, Latinos and Asian-Americans, but the survey also shows a shift to her among young whites in the last month.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The first-of-its-kind poll is designed to pay special attention to the voices of young adults of color.

The poll also shows that young people across racial and ethnic groups largely agree with Clinton’s September comment calling some of Trump’s supporters “deplorable.”

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The poll suggests Clinton has opened up an advantage among young whites, who were evenly divided between the two candidates just a month ago and more likely to support 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama in 2012, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the AP and television networks.


The poll shows that 45 percent of all young adults have a favorable view of Clinton, while just 17 percent say the same of Trump. Conversely, 50 percent have an unfavorable view of Clinton and 77 percent have that view of Trump.


By a 42 percent to 20 percent margin, more young adults trust Clinton than Trump on “helping people like you get ahead.” Young blacks, Hispanics and Asian-Americans pick Clinton by wide margins, with young whites more evenly divided.

Majorities of young adults across all groups trust Clinton over Trump to handle race relations.


The GenForward poll shows most young people weren’t turned off by Clinton calling some Trump’s supporters “deplorable” in September. Sixty-two percent of young adults say they actually agree with that assessment.

The poll of 1,832 adults age 18-30 was conducted Oct. 1-14 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population.