MSNBC: Clinton’s Struggles With Millennial Voters a ‘Nightmare’ for Her

September 28, 2016

MSNBC aired a segment Tuesday morning highlighting Hillary Clinton’s inability to rally the youth vote to her campaign, describing the struggle as a "nightmare" for her.

Reporter Chris Jansing used the segment to explain a few of the reasons why Clinton has been struggling with millennial voters.

"There’s a couple things about millennials. One is they’re less likely to be ideological," Jansing said. "We know from the numbers they’re less likely to register as a Republican or a Democrat. More of them are Independents."

Jansing interviewed two students on the University of Florida campus who both stated that they are undecided. One student said he was "strict conservative" and did not see Donald Trump or Clinton living up to his ideological test.

The other student interviewed was also disappointed between the two choices and said that it "really comes down to the choice between the lesser of two evils, which is awful. I think the American people deserve better."

In 2008 and 2012, college-aged voters made up a critical part of President Obama’s winning coalition. Clinton has been unable to replicate the support from this demographic group, in part due to the presence of third party candidates Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who garnered significant support from millennial voters during the Democratic primary, has begun campaigning with Clinton to try and bring younger voters into her campaign.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from last week had Clinton at only 38 percent support among voters aged 18 to 34 in a four-way race. Trump had 26 percent support, Johnson 17 percent, and Stein 5 percent.

Jansing asked both students if they would consider voting for either of the third party candidates. Both students seemed interested in those options and said they would consider it.

"This is a nightmare for Hillary Clinton, who is losing these voters in huge numbers. It’s those third parties," Jansing added after talking to the two students.