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Poll: 86% of Millennials Believe Presidential Candidates Ignore Them

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NEW YORK, Jan.12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The vast majority of recent college graduates believe that the current presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter most to them, according to a new survey of millennials by GenFKD, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting economic understanding and financial literacy to college students and recent graduates.

Millennials account for 36 percent of eligible voters, the largest demographic in the 2016 election, according to ThinkProgress.  Despite their voting power, 86 percent of those 18 to 34 say this year’s presidential candidates are not addressing them or their key issues they care most about.

  • Jobs and economic growth (19%)
  • Climate change (14%)
  • Health Care (11%)
  • Student Debt (10%)

“It is very disappointing that the presidential candidates are ignoring a vital demographic group and the issues that matter most to millennials,” said Justin Dent, president and co-founder of GenFKD. “With an uncertain economy and international instability, millennials are more engaged than ever in the upcoming election, yet they are left out of the discussion.”

With an uncertain economy and international instability, millennials are more engaged than ever in the upcoming election, yet they are left out of the discussion.

GenFKD polled 752 millennials through Survey Monkey to determine which issues most concern them and if they felt their concerns were being adequately acknowledged in the national debate.

“Millennials are clearly concerned about the economy they will inherit, and the opportunities available to them,” said Christopher Koopman of the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University.  “Unfortunately, political candidates have a strong incentive to support special interests over the causes that matter most to young people. There is a danger in doing that because millennials are concerned, active, and engaged.”

“Until now, there have been less than a handful of millennial issues addressed in hours and hours of debates and interviews,” said Dent, a student at the University of Maryland. “We’re worried about jobs and graduating into a nation of the underemployed.”

About GenFKD

GenFKD is a non-partisan peer-to-peer organization that utilizes editorial content and grassroots organizing to engage millennials on economic and financial public policy and basic pocketbook finance. The non-profit organization seeks to utilize its expansive social following and network of 28 college chapters to present critical information relating to jobs and the economy in a way that is informative, approachable and useful.

About The Survey

The GenFKD “Millennial Sentiment” survey was conducted online December 15-22, 2015, among a national sample of 752 adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Respondents for this non-probability survey were selected using a SurveyMonkey Audience. As the sample for the survey self-selected for participation, sampling error cannot be calculated.

GenFKD Survey Overview (PRNewsFoto/GenFKD)
GenFKD Survey Overview (PRNewsFoto/GenFKD)

 

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314 comments
Mauro Gaetano
Mauro Gaetano

Leslie were do you get your facts? Foxnews? 75% tax rate? Stop smoking bad weed.

Kim Kaufman
Kim Kaufman

There is a wave of change going on in America. Bernie is the voice of the people.

Nanson Hwa
Nanson Hwa

That's because millennial voters are still developing, have no money, still engaged in personal affairs as opposed to public affairs. Their only voice is their vote but many are too busy with their personal life that many do not exercise the right to vote.

Kage Edwards
Kage Edwards

Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders would do right by the millennials. I suggest liberals and conservatives vote for their respective of the two so we don't end up with a Hillary or a Trump in office.

Molly Dougan
Molly Dougan

True because they have no money that the politicians can steal out of they're pockets.

Tom Overmann
Tom Overmann

The Bernie loving Socialist sheep here are disappointing and disturbing.

Tom Overmann
Tom Overmann

Bahahahahah! Spoken like the sheep you are

Tom Overmann
Tom Overmann

Welcome to life! Prepare yourselves sheep-you will most certainly be ignored, lied to, taken advantage of, and tossed away when you are no longer useful.

Joe Cucchiara
Joe Cucchiara

Too bad you don't have the passion for your country to get off your ass and do something positive instead of your negative one liners. When was the last time you read a newspaper?

Kim Skinner
Kim Skinner

99% of politicians ignore the needs of their constituents of all ages. Only Bernie Sanders is different. Bernie Sanders is the 1% that not only listens but even works for the people that elect him #BernieSanders2016

Jane Huss
Jane Huss

The Republican Party as gone so far right there is no ability to compromise with anyone about anything. They thrive on hate and fear, deny and lie! It is very sad!

Leslie Smittle
Leslie Smittle

The only revolution that ever mattered is the American Revolution. Try to tax people 75% of their income and Chuck Letson is correct. Insurrection.. You will have a revolution. Just not the one you are expecting. We aren't Scandinavian.

Dennis P. Champion
Dennis P. Champion

Do you understand the Federal Government is funded by taxation and as such the middle class pays taxes and the wealthy pay the largest amount.The under and unemployed pay the least or very little .Who gets to decide what's exploitation and what's resources??I pay willingly taxes to my local,state and federal agencies...I don't expect to receive anything for free nor do I expect those people who provide said services to NOT be paid...... FROM the TAX dollars I PAID.

Leslie Smittle
Leslie Smittle

You contradicted yourself. First you say public education is free. Then, you say nothing is free. The government does provide for basic services that are paid for by taxes. That is very different than never getting weaned off the government teet. It should help those less fortunate and elderly. But, I don't nor anyone owes an of age adult a free education and giving up 75% of their income as in Norway. Costs of goods there are incredibly high because the have a hefty sales tax on them to pay for all "free stuff". The only thing that works there is the capitalistic side of the system that socialism rides on the back of. Socialism alone never works that is why it is either a bridge to Communism or a bridge back to capitalism if communistic. We are NOT Scandinavia. Try to take 75% of an Americans income as in Norway and you will get a revolution...just nor the one you're expecting.

Ajit Patel
Ajit Patel

You did go to K-12 grade. You did use the roads maintained by the city, and highways maintained by the federal government. You used airports and the air traffic controllers. You use the police to protect you. You use the CDC to prevent spread of deseases. You use the EPA, FEC, SEC, FDA, FAA, NTSB, NSA, FBI, USPS, FEMA, Court Systems Internet and a dozen more agencies and services. Certain things are simply more economical to provide through pooling resources. And they should not be used by a few to monopolize and exploit consumers.

Rita Perkins
Rita Perkins

Vote Trump! The only logical choice. For The American People.

Dennis P. Champion
Dennis P. Champion

My property taxes and the never ending Bond programs pay for HIGH Schools,I pay for trash removal every month.when I purchase gas ,the taxes that are now third of the cost pay for infrastructure. I pay for my medical insurance out of my own pocket.I pay for a life insurance policy in the event I die early.When there isn't enough money then myself and my family do without. I don't demand nor expect anyone else to guarantee me anything. I seek opportunity and have discovered from living 59/years guaranteed anything is wrought with strings attached that facilitate those who lack direction, motivation and the will to succeed.

Joe Cucchiara
Joe Cucchiara

Hey man, how fast where you going in your car when you wrote this pearl of wisdom?

Debbie Taylor Shivers
Debbie Taylor Shivers

The problem is that people look to the government to fix everything, that's why things are in the shape they are in now.

Sandy Rankins Dever
Sandy Rankins Dever

That's not a "meet and greet", that's a "let me know what I need to do to get your money" Until we change campaign finance laws nothing will change

Joe Cucchiara
Joe Cucchiara

Hey Sandy, nobody said you had to believe the propaganda! A newspaper and news stations on the tv and radio, like NPR radio would help you make an educated decision. You have to want to learn, what you get in campaign commercials is a pissing contest!

Sandy Rankins Dever
Sandy Rankins Dever

Counting on Millennials (especially young women) to get informed and in involved and vote for their future

Luke Timpe
Luke Timpe

Lol this so funny when millennials don't really have a grasp of issues enough to dissect them into who really is behind the topic and who and why they are pushing agendas and what personal sacrifices must be made for it to move forward and then what violations as far as the constitution are being tested. Millennials aren't at the top of their professional career and can't make money for the life of them and expect others to do it for them and pay them. Oh don't forget the people who they hold up as idols are the very people who caused the problems in the world and are the ones that taught millennials.

Chuck Letson
Chuck Letson

Edward Casagrande ,actually you are the hater here. Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaping Success Just because your pipe dream failed , gives you no right to steal from and stifle me. Bernie would be the start of armed insurrection. Go make your own money and keep your grimy mitts away from my wallet. I earned this. Not my fault you can't, that's your fault.

Chuck Letson
Chuck Letson

Leslie Smittle well said. What the socialists need to realize is that I don't have to run a business here, I can go to other more business friendly countries. Many corporations already have.

Edward Renner
Edward Renner

Of course the candidates ignore the millenials (with the obvious exception of Bernie)! Elections are bought by large amounts of money, so without the proper financial incentive, any group who can't help them will be ignored. And without term limits, elected officials continue to pander to their money sources for re-election financing. An essential part of reforming politics is have term limits for all elected officials.

Joe Cucchiara
Joe Cucchiara

Hay Edward, what about the person you want to keep in office? Geopolitical voting districts is a better level field for voters. Check it out!

Ed Berger
Ed Berger

Sure, hate Radio is the answer. Are you serious?

Ed Berger
Ed Berger

Not so. Bernie speaks directly to and for millennials. Check it out!

Dan Notwicz
Dan Notwicz

Lol and what percentage of them voted in primaries? Have written letters to Congress?

Pedro Moreno
Pedro Moreno

They can't pay their student loans because they can't find jobs, but the joke is on them if they support Sanders. My payroll taxes for are already higher than what I pay on my student loans and mortgage combined. While promising "free" college, Sanders has admitted he'll raise taxes on everyone to pay for it. Let's see if they're smart enough to realize that if they have trouble paying their bills now, they really can't afford the kind of help the democrats have to offer. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/101915-776290-bernie-sanders-plans-to-raise-payroll-tax-to-fund-family-leave.htm

Joe Saia
Joe Saia

Maybe if they would get over their entitlement attitude they would be taken seriously.

Joe Cucchiara
Joe Cucchiara

Hey Joe, the City,State,and federal government created these entitlements to win elections. Now you and I pay for it! If you could get food, shelter and health insurance for free and make cash money on the side and drive up in your corvette to get groceries ( now including beer and cigs), where's your incentive to get a job?

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

We all try and ignore them - they have to earn rfespect