America’s young people prefer the experience of older presidential candidates Senator
Biden came in second, with 20 percent of the vote, followed by O’Rourke, in third place with 10 percent of young voters supporting him, according to the survey of more than 3,000 young people.
This graph illustrates the breakdown of support among young Democrats for each contender in the Democratic presidential primary. The Harvard poll surveyed more than 3,000 Americans age 18-29
Democratic voters age 18-29 are more likely to favor older candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden (left, 20 percent) and Senator Bernie Sanders (right, 31 percent), according to a new survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics
Some 20 percent of likely young primary voters said they were still undecided in the presidential race.
‘Proving that young voters see more than age, it’s notable that the candidates with the most experience in government service are leading a diverse field at this early stage in the process,’ said John Della Volpe, Director of Polling for the Institute of Politics.
‘Compared to this point in the last presidential cycle, young Democratic voters are more engaged and likely to have an even greater impact in choosing their party’s nominee,’ he added.
Other candidates trailed the three Democrats currently leading among young voters: Senator Kamala Harris garnered 5 percent of the vote, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (4 percent), Senator Cory Booker (3 percent), Andrew Yang (2 percent) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (1 percent).
The results vary dramatically, however, when responses are sliced along different demographic groups.
For example, Sanders leads Biden by 11 points among white Americans age 18-29 (31 percent compared to 20 percent), and by 19 points among Hispanic voters of the same age (38 percent compared to 19 percent).
Former Representative Beto O’Rourke is a political up-and-comer, though he is only attracting 10 percent of Democratic voters age 18-29
This graph illustrates the measure of support among different races for the top three Democratic candidates expected to run for president in 2020
But among young African Americans, Sanders trails by 1 percentage point (25 percent for Biden and 24 percent for Sanders).
Researchers found no statistical difference in support for O’Rourke among races.
Men and women favor Sanders, though the margin is larger among young American males (33 percent for Sanders and 16 percent for Biden) than females (29 percent for Sanders and 24 percent for Biden).
When broken down among college students, the race for Democratic presidential candidate is virtually tied, with 25 percent supporting Sanders, 23 percent favoring Biden and 25 percent undecided. No other candidate garners more than 8 percent of the vote.
By comparison, likely Democratic young voters who are not in college and don’t have a degree prefer Sanders (41 percent) over Biden (16 percent) – a 25 point margin. O’Rourke won 12 percent of those voters, with no other candidate receiving more than 4 percent.