Who are millennials voting for in the 2016 election?

Who are millennials voting for?

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Since Friday's bombshell video was released to the public, dozens of high-profile republicans have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump. Among them were Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, and New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte. Many though have not offered an alternative on who they'll vote for.

For Hillary Clinton, emails continue to be released by WikiLeaks. People in the media and on Reddit have been pouring through the emails which now include Clinton's campaign manager's emails.

So what do you do if you don't like either candidate? Well, many are looking at third party candidates and others, like Arizona Senator John McCain, said they will be writing in a candidate. His choice: his friend and once-presidential-hopeful Lindsey Graham.

"There's a lot more disillusionment in this election cycle,” explained Dr. Heather Yates, a political science professor.

Yates focuses in political psychology, which researches why we vote the way that we do. That means in this election cycle, people aren't very excited to vote in November's Presidential Election.

"It's anti-climactic for them. They don't like either leading party candidate,” she said. “So there's a lot of disappointment, frustration, and disillusionment."

Dr. Yates said millennials are the wild card. Their vote could decide the election and many of them don't like neither Trump nor Clinton.

"Some millennials may actually go to a third party choice," Yates explained. "At this point in time, we don't know how millennials are going to vote in this election."

We wanted to know how those millennials are going to vote. So, we went and asked students at the UCA campus.

"Originally, I was with Bernie. I felt the Bern," said 19-year-old Corban Gotcher. "As he has lost his chance as the Democratic nominee, I've switched over to Hillary, as really the only viable choice to stop Trump from getting the presidency.”

21-year-old Eammon Mayo is going with a different approach. He said he's going to write-in Rand Paul, the once Republican hopeful.

"There was a mass amount of nominees for the Republican ticket at the beginning of this election cycle, but I've always been a Rand Paul fan.” he said.

Clint Hare, a 26-year-old student, said he is disheartened that some millennials are voting for Gary Johnson. Hare feels like it's just throwing a vote away potentially having one candidate in over the other. Other people, like Joshua Gerloff said it's like choosing "the lesser of two evils".

"I think personally, I'm not a big fan of either Clinton or Trump, from the who they are as a person stand point," said Laura Craig. "But I think when it comes down to looking at their policies, I'm definitely more supportive of Clinton."

A Pew research poll said millennials match baby boomers as the largest generation eligible to vote. It remains to be seen if they will turn out to vote as much as baby boomers.

Dr. Heather Yates will be featured on our Election Night coverage alongside Arkansas Business' Lance Turner.


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