Harvard poll: Millennials pessimistic about country's future



65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 want Democrats to have control of Congress following the 2018 mid-term elections, according to a new poll.

Contending that the poll shows millennials are largely divided along a two-thirds to one-third margin on an array of important issues, Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe said the findings suggest "American political institutions are at a tipping point". "Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate".

The poll released Tuesday by the university's Institute for Politics also found 54 percent of young Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, while 14 percent think it's on the right track.

The poll surveyed more than 2,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 from October 31 to November 10. This poll and the Virginia election show that they are becoming more motivated - and I believe the fear that exists today about our future will soon be turned into the fuel that will reform our government.

The poll found President Donald Trump's job approval rating among millennials continues to decline, from 32 percent in the spring to 25 percent and that likely young voters prefer Democratic control of Congress. "The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure". It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.05 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. When asked whether they are more hopeful or fearful about America's future, 67% expressed fear, while 31% expressed hope. Among young Republicans specifically, two-thirds approve of Trump's presidential performance, which is a 12-point drop since the spring. 79 percent said they have concerns about race relations.

Are you concerned about the future of our country? The percent of young Americans across all racial backgrounds who felt that their race was under attack "a lot" also increased by five points (24% to 29%) since last fall. 68 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Hispanics stated that they think they are under attack due to their race.