zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 24, 2016 8:18 PM
Fundamentally, the presidential race is about giving America’s youth hope about the future and faith in the democratic process in which everyone’s voice is heard. Which is why it was troubling to read a recent poll according to which America’s youth has become so disgusted with the presidential race, increasingly more may skip casting a vote on November 8 altogether. As Reuters reports, the exceptionally negative tone of this year’s race for the White House is souring young Americans, turning some away from the democratic process just as the millennials have become the single largest US generation.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that Americans aged 18 to 34 are slightly less likely to vote for president this year than their comparably aged peers were in 2012; as a result some political scientists worry that this election has scarred a generation of voters, making them less likely to cast ballots in the future. Needless to say, in an election where the two candidates are the most despised in history, many will be voting not for “their” candidate, but against the “other” one.
Even so, young Americans on the left and right have found reasons to be dissatisfied with their choices this year. Senator Bernie Sanders had an enthusiastic following of younger people before he lost the Democratic primary race to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and with his endorsement of Hillary may have burned many of his counter-establishment bridges. On the Republican side, some are unwilling to vote for Donald Trump, citing the New York businessman’s insulting rhetoric on women, minorities and immigrants. Meanwhile, despite her lead in the polls, Hillary remains a largely mistrusted candidate.