The latest Rock The Vote/USA Today poll outlines the political leanings of the millennial generation, 18- to 35-year-olds. If the Democratic primary were held today, Sanders has an 11-point lead over Clinton, with young voters supporting Sanders at 46 percent and Clinton at 35 percent.
A Pew Research Survey that came out early last year outlined the tipping point for the millennial generation, which eclipsed baby boomers in the number of voters. This will be the first presidential election since millennials became a political force to be reckoned with. OurTime.org, a youth empowerment organization (not to be confused with OurTime.com, the dating service), has worked since 2011 to register over 350,000 young voters during the last election using its online voter registration tool. “We’ve known from the beginning that this generation would be a powerful voting block,” Johanna Berkson, OurTime’s board chair told AlterNet. “That’s why we’ve worked to consistently engage them on the issues critical to them. And once they realize how much progress can be made when they vote for candidates who fight for these issues, they will begin to vote more consistently.”