OUCovers16 Survey: Millennials Take on 2016

All survey data stories information was self-collected by a survey run by OUCovers16 for two weeks in October. The data has been interpreted by the Political Science Department Chair, Dr. Keith Gaddie, and the subsequent stories are from the interpreted data. 

By Pamela Ortega | OUCovers16 Editor | @PamOrtega17

With the monumental upcoming presidential election, millennials are expected to play a pivotal role. OUCovers16, along with the OU Daily and OU Nightly, conducted a nationwide survey about millennial voting trends.

More than 1,500 responses were recorded between Oct. 2 and Oct. 23 in the survey of voters age 18 to 35 by the political journalism project launched in January at the Iowa Caucuses by the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College.

Respondent Map of Millennial Registered Voters

Graphic by Elizabeth Sims | OUCovers16 Reporter | @elizabethsimsou
American millennials took the survey across the world, from a Texas voter in Iraq to an Oklahoma voter in Spain.

The results of the survey are representative of the people who answered, but might not be reflective of the entire generation said University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie.

How Millennials Plan to Vote

Graphic by Pam Ortega | OUCovers16 Editor | @PamOrtega17

More than 28 percent of millennials surveyed want Hillary Clinton, while only six percent want Donald Trump. One in five millennials do not want either of them. Despite that one in three millennials who do not want Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump said they ultimately would be voting for one of them.

Overall, 52 percent of millennials surveyed by the OUCovers16 project will be voting for Clinton, which reflects numbers from the GenForward: A survey of the Black Youth Project with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Results of the GenForward survey, which was more evenly dispersed across the U.S., showed Clinton had the support of 58 percent of the nation’s millennials.

More than 39 percent of the OUCovers16 respondents were from Oklahoma and Texas.

Pam Ortega is senior, double majoring in journalism and political science.
She’s a McNair Scholar, ProPublica Emerging Reporter and was a News 21 Fellow. Pam covered the Iowa caucuses, March primaries and returned to Iowa to cover religious political behavior.

Elizabeth Sims is a junior online journalism student at the University of Oklahoma. Elizabeth hopes to become a multimedia manager for a non-profit after she graduates. The junior covered the millennial perspective of the general election on the east coast and the Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina.

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