With the 2014 midterms just days away, Democrats appear to have alienated demographics that were key to the political victories that put their man in the White House two times, according to new polling data.
A survey released this week by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University suggests that so-called millennial voters, people ages 18 to 29, are “up for grabs” in next week’s elections.
According to the results, 51 percent of people in the key demographic would prefer a Congress controlled by the GOP compared to 47 percent who feel Democrats should hold the most legislative power.
The numbers represent a reversal from polling of the millennial generation prior to the midterm elections four years ago. Back then, young voters preferred Democratic control by a 55 percent to 43 percent margin.
“Millennials could be a critical swing vote. Candidates for office: ignore millennial voters at your peril,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams.
The newfound preference for Republican candidates is likely directly related to millennials’ souring view of President Obama, whose approval rating among the demographic is just 43 percent.
A separate poll, out from The Washington Post and ABC News, shows Hispanics, another key demographic for the left, gradually shifting toward GOP support.
Two years ago, President Obama enjoyed about 70 percent support among Hispanic voters. According to the polling numbers out this week, however, the demographic is ambivalent about the importance of Democrats retaining control of the Senate.
Fifty percent of Latinos say that they don’t care who controls the Senate next month. And among those who do care 30 percent say Republican control would be a positive, compared to 15 percent who worry about the prospect.