New Poll Reveals What Young Women Really Think About The Midterm Elections

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Will women storm the ballot box this November?
It’s a go-to question among pundits, but in fact, they know very little about the hearts and minds of the country’s 18.4 million millennial women – because most pollsters haven’t bothered to ask. That’s why Refinery29 and CBS News teamed up for a survey of 2,093 American adult women, with a special spotlight on those between 18 and 35 from across racial, ideological and party lines. What do women want, and how might that affect the mid-term elections? Here’s what we found out.
The Mood Of The Country, According To Millennial Women
70% of millennial women feel their individual rights and liberties are being threatened right now. 35% say they are more motivated to get involved in politics, due to the events of the past year.
53% of young women say that the Trump Administration’s policies have mostly hurt women. 36% say they haven’t had much effect on women. 11% say they’ve helped women.
By more than 2 to 1, millennial women want to see Democrats take control of Congress in 2018.
Which best describes how you feel about Donald Trump’s presidency so far?
Compared to two years ago, do you find it easier or harder today to talk to people who have different political views than you do?
Power At The Polls?
Are you registered to vote?
What this means:
A full 42% of millennial women might not vote. Of those who said they either aren’t registered or don’t know, only 20% said they planned on registering before midterms. The top reasons cited for not voting: “Not interested in politics or elections” (31%) and “don’t think my vote matters (19%).
As of now, how likely are you to vote in the 2018 midterm elections for Congress?
“I just feel like my vote probably doesn’t make much of a difference. And I don’t know the candidates that much to even know who I would vote for.”
— Ashley Johnson, 26, Oregon
On The Candidates
When voting, the main quality millennial women look for in a candidate is that they share their culture and values.
Close to half rated a candidate’s identity as a woman as a “low priority” and a little over one in three said the same for a candidate’s status as a racial minority. What’s more important to millennial women: A candidate’s political experience and to a lesser extent, his or her political party.
Only 26% rated “belonging to the same political party” as a “high priority” for getting their vote.
If more women were elected to political office in the U.S., things would be:
Which is the main reason you think things would be better?
If a Congressional candidate supports the #MeToo movement, would that make you...
If a candidate for Congress described herself as a socialist, would you be...
On The Issues
The No.1 issue for midterms, according to women of all ages: Healthcare.
For millennial women, civil rights and equality and equal pay are right behind healthcare. Many older women agree these are important issues, but they are outranked by issues like the economy and immigration.
From what you know, how have the changes made to the healthcare laws last year affected you and your family?
Do you think abortion should be...
Should Roe V. Wade be overturned?
Immigrants coming to the United States make American society...
Which statement comes closest to your view about climate change?
Do you consider yourself to be a feminist, or not?


Is your opinion of Ivanka Trump...
6 out of 10 millennial women say Ivanka Trump has no influence on President Trump.
Who do Millennial women trust to provide accurate information?

Survey conducted by YouGov. Margin of error is 4.2 pts for the 18-35 group. For total sample of women, the margin of error is 3pts.

Survey Methodology: The Refinery29/CBS News Poll was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample on 2,093 U.S. women adults interviewed online between July 26-30, 2018. The final sample included and oversample of 842 women

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