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GOP Panicked Over Trump: Young Voters Don't Like Him

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By    |   Thursday, 24 Mar 2016 12:03 PM

Donald Trump has a problem with the Snapchat generation — they don't like him, The New York Times reports.

In his "Upshot" blog for the Times, Toni Monkovic writes Wednesday the youth support gap for the GOP presidential front-runner could also portend future trouble for Republicans.

"To understand the concern, and in some cases the panic, of many Republican officials over Donald Trump, consider this fact: Young people generally don't like him," he writes.

And the negative impression could last a generation, he adds.

"The problem for the Republican brand is that a third straight election in which the young vote decisively for Democrats — even if the GOP wins this November — could imprint negative perceptions that last decades," he writes.

In polls by USA Today/Rock the vote, Washington Post-ABC News,  and a national survey by GOP pollster Frank Luntz, Trump polls poorest among young voters, Monkovic notes.

"In our recent national survey of 1,000 first- and second-time voters ages 18 to 26, Republicans weren't just off on the wrong track," Luntz writes about his survey in USA Today. "They were barely on the radar with this Snapchat generation, as it is sometimes called."

Even among Republicans, though Trump's lead of the GOP presidential field with voters 18 to 34 was 26 percent, that figure was lower than the real estate billionaire's command with Republican backers overall, Monkovic writes.

Citing CNN exit polling from GOP races, he reports Trump had more support with younger voters than older ones only in New Hampshire.

"Racial messaging" may be one reason why Trump suffers a gap in youthful support — because "they are more diverse," Monkovic writes, noting a Pew Research Center report two years ago that found approximately "43 percent of millennial adults are nonwhite, the highest share of any generation."

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