The left has gone wild trying to drive young people to the polls to put an end to Donald Trump and the Republican Party, but despite all the arm waving and screeching from the left, it appears that millennials are still uninterested in voting.
A new poll by NBC News/Gen Forward shows that of potential voters between 18 and 34, only one third are sure they will go vote by the November 6 midterm elections. One third. That is all the left’s machinations have won over.
According to NBC:
Thirty one percent of millennials say they will definitely vote in November, a number that has remained steady since August.
Young voters will play an important role in the midterm elections one week from now, and while the survey found that a sizable third of millennials definitely plan to vote and an additional 26 percent say they’ll probably vote, about a quarter are still uncertain about whether or not they’ll vote. Another 19 percent say they will probably or definitely not vote in the upcoming election.
Other findings from the survey indicate that millennial turnout may not be strong. Young voters are historically less likely to vote in midterm elections than presidential elections, and this year may not be an exception.
That last paragraph really is about the nub of the matter. Historically, as a group young people are not all that interested in voting. For the most part, people don’t really start paying attention to politics until they are in the mid to late 20s or even early 30s.
The reason for this is obvious. For one thing, most young people don’t have the slightest clue about what is going on in government. And for most of them, at that age they don’t think government affects them all that much. It generally ins’t until people begin buying homes, are settled in a career, start having children, and have investments that they start paying attention to politics, government, and voting.
It’s just the way life woks. Young people are interested in young things and politics is not usually one of those things. Every election going back almost a hundred years shows the same pattern where it concerns young voters. By and large, they just don’t care. Do some young people get into politics? Of course they do. But as a statistical group, they just don’t vote in huge numbers. And they never have.
To show what I mean, here is another finding of the poll:
Millennials overall also do not have a great amount of interest in following news about the upcoming midterms — 39 percent have a great deal (15 percent) or quite a bit (24 percent) of interest, 31 percent have only some interest, 15 percent have very little interest and 12 percent have no interest at all in following news about the elections.
A considerable 59 percent of all millennials say they aren’t familiar with the midterm election candidates running in their congressional district. Only 39 percent said they are familiar with the candidates in their district.
See. They just don’t care.
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