Parental Influence on Texas Millennial Vote in 2016 Presidential Election

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 Halee Powers | OUCovers16 Reporter | @haleestorm12

With the election coming up in two days, people from all across the nation are voting for the 45th president to be.

Texas is usually known as a red state but polls have shown the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton is gaining popularity within the state.

Millennials are starting to turn away from their parents’ political identification and are voting for who they think will be the best president.

Texan Millennial Votes

Graphics by Elizabeth Sims | OUCovers16 Reporter | @elizabethsimsou

Anna Gutierrez, editor-in-chief at The Shorthorn at University of Texas at Arlington, said, “I voted for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine and it was different than who my parents voted for.”

Jordan Dewbre, who currently resides in New Jersey but is registered in Texas, said, she canceled out her mother’s vote. “I voted for Hillary Clinton. My mother voted for Donald Trump and I’m not sure about my father.”

Most Texas millennials seem to have turned up their noses at the two major party candidates, according to a nationwide survey conducted by OUCovers16 between Oct. 2 and Oct. 23.

Only 30 percent, 17 percent GOP and 13 percent Democrats, said they were voting for Clinton. While only 25 percent, 22 percent of GOP leaning millennials and 3 percent democratic leaning, said they were voting for Trump.

Twenty percent of Republicans in Texas stated they did not want either one of the top two candidates. Only three percent of Democrats said they did not want either.

Parental Influence on Texan Millennials' Vote

Graphic by Elizabeth Sims | OUCovers16 Reporter | @elizabethsimsou

Some of the voters are voting third party, or writing in names on their early voting ballot.

University of Arkansas student, Sutton Cooper, who is registered in Texas, is voting for Gary Johnson despite the fact that her parents are voting for Trump.

Gary Johnson is not the only non-republican or democrat being voted for.

Elizabeth Costello, a Texas-registered student at the University of Virginia, early voted for Evan McMullin, which was different than how her parents voted.

Even though some millennials are going the opposite way of their parents, some are still following in their parents’ footsteps.

Kelly Baugh, a student at Baylor University, is voting the same as her parents, for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

“I voted for Trump,” Baugh said. “I think he has a big mouth but with some good ideas.”

Baugh is participating in her first election and she is following how her parents have always voted because she is not a fan of Clinton’s ideas.

“There needs to be a change,” Baugh said. “Maybe bringing in a non politician can fix things within the government.”

It is highly unlikely Texas will turn to a blue state. It will be a close battle but with Texas being a predominately red state it will be hard for Clinton to flip it. It will be revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 8 whether Clinton or Trump will claim the Texas vote.

Halee Powers is a senior online journalism major at the University of Oklahoma. Halee hopes to be able to travel the world covering gymnastics. The senior covered the millennial perspective of the general election on the east cost and the Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina.

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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