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Clinton woos US millennial voters

A new poll find her leading 56 percent to 20 percent among those under 35 against Trump

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 17 2016 12:33PM | Updated Date: Aug 17 2016 12:33PM

Clinton woos US millennial voters

 US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a bid to persuade millennial voters who played a key role in Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign during primaries, wrote an ode to praise them in an op-ed for Teen Vogue, which was published on Tuesday.

 
"A smart former president - who happens to be my husband - once said there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America," the former state of secretary wrote.
 
"I couldn't agree more. And your generation embodies everything that is most right with America," she said, urging the young generation to rally around her in the general election.
 
"We have to come together to build an America that reflects the values your generation embodies - diversity, openness, innovation - and stop those who want to take us in a very different direction, " she said.
 
A new USA TODAY/Rock the Vote Poll found Clinton now leads Trump 56 percent to 20 percent among those under 35, even while she has failed to arouse enthusiasm among millennials as Sanders has done.
 
Trump also enjoys advantage among millennials since his long-time celebrity status and obsessive social media presence make him a cultural phenomenon for younger Americans who have grown up watching him as host of his reality TV show.
 
A Saturday Night Live parody viral video with Trump "dad dancing" to a song by the rapper Drake has gathered more than 7 million views on YouTube.
 
In contrast, the Clinton campaign's attempts during the primaries to connect with younger people were often met with online ridicule.
 
Young voters came out in record numbers to send Barack Obama into the White House in 2008 and then assisted with his re-election four years later.