The gender gap in this year’s presidential election may be more important than ever before. The Pew Research Center has been tracking the gender voting gap for the last 40-plus years and has found that over the last nine election cycles, woman have voted for Democrats more than men. With the first female presidential nominee of a major party on the ticket this year, coupled with her opponent’s misogynist tendencies and extreme narcissism, female voters will likely be a huge factor in this year’s election.
What I found most striking from this poll was that both Millennial women and Millennial men are more likely to back Clinton. Take a look at this chart below — 51% of men ages 18-34 plan to vote for Clinton compared to 40% who say they will vote for Trump. That is a huge gap. And I’m also surprised that less than 70% of Millennial women say they will vote for Clinton. I would have expected that number to be 75% or greater.
But the two most surprising statistics to me are the percentage of women with a High School degree or less who will vote for Clinton, and the percentage of men who are unmarried who will vote for Clinton. In both cases, far more voters plan to vote for Clinton than Trump. I’m guessing this is because compared to whites, minorities are more likely to be unmarried and less educated, and they are also far less likely to vote for Trump, as the charts highlights.
Over the last two weeks Donald Trump has done himself no favors by making some truly outrageous statements (i.e. suggesting that 2nd Amendment fanatics assassinate Clinton and claiming that President Obama founded ISIS), and then refusing to apologize or take back those statements. This has only helped Clinton widen her lead over Trump.
It also seems that many moderate Republicans and Independents are finally starting to see how dangerous Trump is, and they are giving their to support Clinton — albiet, begrudgingly so. The election is still fairly far out, so anything could happen, but if everything remains on track I just don’t see how Donald Trump could win this election (praise Jesus!).
One thing is for certain, this election could very well be decided by Millennials (particularly Millennial women). And as I’ve stated several times before, no other generation has more at stake than Millennials. Hopefully our generation will show up and vote. We need to send a message to the rest of the country — and to the rest of the world — that we have a vision for the kind of country we want, and we are serious about creating a better future for ourselves and for posterity.