Hillary Clinton leading against Donald Trump among young voters, Harvard poll finds

People vote in the Pennsylvania state primary election at a polling site in North Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on April 26, 2016.
People vote in the Pennsylvania state primary election at a polling site in North Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on April 26, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton is leading among likely voters aged 18 to 29, according to a Harvard University opinion poll released on Wednesday (Oct 26).

The former US secretary of state had the support of 49 per cent of likely voters, ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump's 28 per cent support, a substantially wider lead than Democratic President Barack Obama had over Republican former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the same point in 2012.

National polls of voters of all ages also show Clinton leading, though by a substantially narrower margin.

 

Some 14 per cent of respondents said they planned to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson, with 5 per cent supporting the Green Party's Jill Stein and 11 per cent still undecided.



More than one in three self-described Johnson voters said they were likely to change their minds before Election Day.

A majority of respondents, 51 per cent, described themselves as "fearful" about the future of America, with just 14 per cent of the 2,150 respondents saying they believed the country was headed in the right direction.

The sense of fearfulness was most predominant among white respondents, though 85 of black respondents said they believed they were "under attack" in modern American society.

Some 62 per cent of respondents said they believed race relations in the United States would worsen if Trump was elected president.

Twenty-two per cent thought race relations would deteriorate if Clinton won the Nov 8 election, with the plurality, 36 per cent predicting they would stay the same.

The survey, conducted Oct 7-17 has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, meaning results could vary that much either way.