Politics & Government

Millennials chat about politics and big issues

Voters get a sticker to encourage others to vote, November 6, 2012.
Voters get a sticker to encourage others to vote, November 6, 2012. MCT

A new national Harvard Youth Poll this week provided a glimpse into the minds of young millennials.

The poll noted a pretty surprising shift in the opinions among likely voters in the 18-29-year-old crowd: 51 percent would prefer a Congress controlled by Republicans. In the last midterm election in 2010, likely young voters favored Democrats 55-43 percent.

The poll also asked, among other questions, about President Barack Obama’s job performance: 53 percent disapprove. And which party do they blame for what seems like Washington’s perpetual gridlock?

“All of them,” said 56 percent.

McClatchy held a Google Chat with a handful of millennials to air some of the same issues. We used Hangouts on Air on Google+ to talk them in an event called Millennials and Midterms.

Our guests:

Patrick Conner, 22, of Greenville, S.C. Dickinson College-political science.

On income inequality: “If you look to the level it’s gone in the past couple years...it’s insane”

Robert Elliott, 25, of Houston, Texas. Oklahoma State University, grad student-computer engineering.

On Obama’s performance: “Pretty poor.”

Adam Chaikof, 23, of Newtown, Mass. Intern, Massachusetts State House.

On climate change: “That issue alone has the potential to completely change the way we live.”

Jonathan Davis, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas. Program director-education outreach, Tarrant County.

On college costs: “It’s just making it so much more difficult for this conceptualization of the American dream.”

Email: sehlinger@mcclatchydc.com

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