A new poll out shows that among millennials looking at the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, the top spots currently belong to Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton.


Report from the Chicago Sun-Times:

The survey, conducted by Fusion, shows that while Ryan and Clinton are the preferred candidates, Clinton has a significantly larger lead over her potential Democratic opponents than Ryan does on the GOP side.

The poll, conducted among 1,200 likely voters ages 18-34, showed the following:

  • Ryan is the candidate of choice for 16 percent of Republicans, followed by Jeb Bush (11 percent) and Rand Paul (9 percent)
  • Of those surveyed, 58 percent of Democrats want Clinton, followed by Joe Biden (13 percent) and Elizabeth Warren (9 percent).
  • Forty-seven percent say they’ll most likely vote Democratic, compared to 32 percent who are leaning toward Republicans. Twenty-one percent are undecided.

Additionally, millennials say debt and spending, the economy and terrorism are the most important issues.

I only spotlight this poll because catering to “young voters” has become all the rage since President Obama rode the millennial wave to victory in 2008 and 2012. In 2016, the question will be whether any of Barack Obama’s presidency is tarnishing the prospects of Hillary Clinton among the same group of voters.

On the flip side, it’s worth noting that Paul Ryan comes out on top, but only with 16 percent of the vote to Jeb Bush’s 11 percent. Also noteworthy is that Rand Paul, someone who has spent lots of time presenting himself to young voters, is sitting behind both Ryan and Bush at only 9 percent.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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