Dec 5, 2017

Democrats risk squandering their millennial edge on Republicans

Young Democrats say their party doesn't care about them. Photo: John Salangsang / AP

Democrats had an 8% increase in millennial political engagement since 2013, while young Republican engagement dropped 7%, according to Harvard's newest Institute for Politics poll. But a majority of young Democrats still don't feel like their party cares about people like them.

Why it matters: "Democrats have a pretty incredible opportunity that has yet to be realized," the poll director John Della Volpe told Axios. This poll's results, coupled with a recent NBC poll that found 71% of millennials want a third party, indicate that Democrats could be at risk of losing younger voters to a new, millennials-centric party sometime in the near future, Della Volpe said.

Democratic opportunity with millennials
  • 65% of likely voters would prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress over a Republican-controlled one. Of course, only 5% of millennial Republicans answered this way.
  • 3% more Democrats said they are likely to vote in 2018 compared to 4 years ago, while 9% fewer Republicans are likely to vote.
  • 42% of Democrats said they are more motivated to get involved in politics after the last election, compared to only 22% of Republicans.
  • When presented with a list of statement made my former presidents whose names were undisclosed, the two most popular statements overall were made by former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
Unhappy millennials
  • 54% of millennials think we are on the wrong track, a number that has been growing from a low of 39% in the spring of 2015 during Obama's presidency.
  • 67% are fearful of the future, compared to 31% who are hopeful.
  • Only 34% of Democrats feel like their party cares about them, and only 21% of Republicans feel the same about their party.
  • 67% of millennial voters aid they believe the greatest threats to the U.S. come from within, with hackers and cybersecurity listed as the most serious threat from the outside.
  • 79% are concerned with the state of race relations — 5% more than just last year. 68% of black respondents and 46% of hispanics said they felt like their race was under attack in America — 6% and 16% increases from last year.

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Americans are doubling down on their worst habits to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on health of the American people, in part due to the habits they will pick up during the weeks and months they are forced to stay home.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 1,203,923 — Total deaths: 64,795 — Total recoveries: 247,273Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 312,237 — Total deaths: 8,502 — Total recoveries: 14,997Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. The virus is hitting poor, minority communities harder and upending childbirth.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August."
  5. Business updates: Restaurants step up for health care workers. Employees are pressuring companies to provide protections during coronavirus.
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Education update: Many college-age students won't get coronavirus relief checks.
  8. 1 🏀 thing: The WNBA postpones start of training camps and season.
  9. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million worldwide Saturday night, as Spain overtook Italy as the country with the most infections outside the U.S.

The big picture: About half the planet's population is now on lockdown and the global death toll was nearing 64,800, by Sunday morning, per Johns Hopkins data.

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