It will not come as a shock to you that, in its new poll of Americans under the age of 30 (or “millennials,” in accordance with the will of the advertising community),Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that there were a lot more self-identified Democrats than Republicans. We can compare it to the population overall, thanks to current data from Gallup — a lot more blue, but also a lot more strong independents.
That’s the motivating conflict at the center of Harvard’s findings. Young people tend to back Democrats more strongly, while also expressing their independence.
That first impulse is reflected in the presidential race. Surprising no one, Bernie Sanders is the most positively viewed of the five remaining candidates — and, in fact, is the only one seen more positively on net than negatively.