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Poll shows that Millennials would flock to Clinton against Trump


Nearly one in four Republicans would defect to the Democrats if the GOP nominated Trump against Clinton. Just 7% of Democrats would defect to the GOP.

“Trump would kind of make a mockery out of America,” worries Cameron Lee Craig, 25, a stay-at-home mom from Amelia, Ohio, who was among those surveyed. “He’s kind of a jerk.”

The poll, the second in a series, is part of USA TODAY’s One Nation initiative, a series of forums across the country on the most important issues of 2016. The online survey, taken by Ipsos March 3-10, polled 1,541 adults ages 18 to 34.

Sanders now leads Clinton among younger voters by 54%-37%, an even bigger advantage than the 11-point edge he held in January’s survey. Millennial women now back Sanders by a jaw-dropping 61%-30% while the divide among Millennial men is much closer, 48%-44%.

“He’s a people-person and will bring a freshness to the country,” Tracy Wanjiku, 21, a caregiver from Alameda, Calif., says in explaining her support for Sanders. But in a Clinton-Trump stand-off in November, she says, “I would vote for Hillary — not that I’m in much favor of her, but I think Donald Trump … his idea of politics is way too over-the-top. It’s scary, to be honest.”

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