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Sanders, Yang, Biden Have the Largest Millennial Support Against Trump, GenForward Survey Finds


One year out from the 2020 presidential election, a new study released by the GenForward Survey Project at the University of Chicago found in a hypothetical election between Donald Trump and the top performing Democratic hopefuls vying for the nomination, Bernie Sanders (65%), Andrew Yang (64%), and Joe Biden (64%) have the largest support against Trump. Each of the leading candidates garner at least 62% support from African American, Latinx and Asian American young adults when matched against Donald Trump in a hypothetical election. However, Donald Trump beats Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, and Amy Klobuchar in hypothetical match-ups among young white adults.

The study was conducted from September 27 to October 10, 2019 of nearly 3000 young adults from across the country between the ages of 18 and 36.

The survey found that large majorities of African American (76%), Asian American (76%), and Latinx (73%) young adults support the House of Representatives holding impeachment proceedings, compared to a slim majority (54%) of white young adults who support the proceedings.

Significant majorities of young adults across race and ethnicity say Donald Trump has improperly used his office, according to the study. Eighty-six percent of African American, 85% of Asian American, 78% of Latinx, and 64% of white young adults say Donald Trump has “probably” or “definitely” improperly used his office to enrich himself or his friends and family. Similarly, majorities of young adults across party identification believe that Donald Trump has definitely or probably improperly used his office to attack his political opponents—with 93% of Democrats, 76% of Independents, and 52% of Republicans agreeing with this statement.

GenForward conducts bimonthly surveys of ethnically and racially diverse millennials. Past reports surveyed young adults on climate change, race and ethnicity, and criminal justice.

The GenForward Survey Project is an initiative of Professor Cathy J. Cohen at the University of Chicago. GenForward conducts bimonthly surveys of ethnically and racially diverse millennials on politics and social issues.

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