Young voters don’t want a white savior. They just want someone to fight for them. Now they need somebody to fight for them.
A new poll shows that young people across the U.S. are becoming increasingly disenchanted with the two main party leaders. They are averse to traditional explanations like race and gender, and no longer see anyone offering an alternative.
“Young voters aren’t saying, ‘I voted for this guy because he’s white and because he’s a woman,’” said Ashley Sclafani, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina. “The way they’re interested is, ‘What’s the real debate about? Where’s the difference?’”
The good news for Democrats is that young voters are clearly looking to candidates who can speak to their concerns. Less good is that a majority (55 percent) think President Trump is willing to fight the positions of his party in order to win. That said, it would be a significant surprise if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took up the mantle of young voters’ favored leader.
The new poll also reveals a lack of trust among young people in American institutions. Just 10 percent of those surveyed thought the Washington Post, the Fox News Channel and NPR were honest and trustworthy. The survey has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.