While more members of Fusion’s post-presidential debate focus group of undecided voters said they would vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day, the young voters were united in their lack of enthusiasm for both major party candidates on the ballot.
The Fusion focus group brought together eight 19-to-34-year-olds to talk politics after the final presidential debate wrapped in Las Vegas, a highly watched contest that panelists said didn’t impact their votes. Of the eight voters, zero said they were voting for Trump, two said they would back Clinton, and three volunteered that they were planning to vote for a third party candidate.
“I do not like Hillary Clinton. Just because I’m voting for her doesn’t mean that I like her,” Adrian, 28, who described himself as the child of Latin American immigrants, said.
“Donald Trump had the opportunity to win me back by at least saying something positive about the Latino community and instead I heard about drug lords, instead I heard about heroin, instead I heard about what he was going to do to build the border fence, again,” he continued. “These are things that have consistently tired out the Latino community and have completely alienated that entire demographic.”
Jonathan, 24, said he wanted to hear specifics from both candidates about how they plan to achieve their policy agendas if elected.
But after the debate, he was not swayed, saying during Fusion’s broadcast: “If this is what America has to offer at it’s finest, we’re in trouble.”
Other members of Fusion’s focus group said they were driven toward third party candidates in part because of the vitriolic rhetoric unleashed during this election.
“There’s been a lot of digging at each other and talking over each other, and I don’t have much respect for either candidate,” Kelli, a 19-year-old voter who said she’s currently planning on voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson, said.
Another third party voter, Gabe, 24, said the major party candidates just haven’t spent time talking about the issues that matter to him, like fractional reserve banking and cancer research.
Note: A random list of 12 registered voters ages 18 to 34 were sourced by Bendixen & Amandi International from all over the South Florida area. Prospective respondents were contacted randomly, and a diverse sampling of voters were screened to qualify for this research study.