A new Reason-Rupe public opinion survey of millennials is out this morning, July 10, 2014, and it could mean bad news for Republican Party candidates in the November, 2014 general election. The only positive for the GOP is that 55% of them are not registered to vote, so Republican candidates who focus on super voters (those that vote in every election) would help. Should there be an active get out the vote campaign this summer or autumn of the 18-33 year-old crowd, then it could help the Democrats and perhaps Libertarian Party candidates.
It is less clear how this recent survey of 2,000 millennials will affect Libertarian Party candidates. Overall Libertarians could capitalize on the young Americans dissatisfied with how Congress is operating and, according to the poll, 53% would support a candidate who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal (often the mantra of libertarian candidates). Yet when it comes to the question "If the election for Congress were held today, would you vote for the..." 55% of likely millennial voters said they would vote for the Democrat, 31% for the Republican and only 13% would vote for a different party candidate.
The above is an interesting result because when it comes to some of the larger issues affecting the United States, millennials find neither the Democratic nor Republican parties trustworthy to handle them and would favor another party to handle them. Privacy, the budget deficit, government spending, drug policy, education, taxes, foreign policy and health care are all issues the young would trust with another political party other than Democrats or Republicans.
Asked if they approve or disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of his job, 52% approve. A surprise to many is 37% of millennials find government regulation does more harm than good. Sixty three percent said government regulation favors special interests instead of the general public's interest. When it comes to helping the poor, 40% of respondents are not in favor of the government doing the job, especially if it means paying higher taxes. While 25% of respondents feel government tries to do the right thing, a full 58% feel government abuses its power. As far as the size of government, 57% of the young are in favor of a smaller government offering fewer services so long as that meant paying less taxes.