The Trump Effect on Young Voters is Real

Exit Polling Confirms A Feared Trend

The 2018 midterm elections are over and whether there was a blue wave depends a lot of the expectations you had going…

The first part of the bad news for the Trump GOP is that young voter turnout was “yuge.” According to an exit poll analysis by Tom Bonier, a Democratic strategist with the firm TargetSmart, the share of voters ages 18-39 increased 6% in 2018 over the last midterm election in 2014. Every demographic showed up to the polls in much larger numbers than 4 years ago, including voters aged 50+, but whereas only about 50% more voters over 50 voted in 2018, participation by those 39 and under nearly tripled. CNN’s exit polling gives an even higher number for the 18-39 age bracket.