Younger voters overwhelming want the Democrats to keep the White House, but they are backing insurgent Sen. Bernie Sanders over establishment-favorite Hillary Clinton by six points, 41 percent to 35 percent, according to a comprehensive poll from Harvard University's Institute for Politics.
Among GOP youth voters, Donald Trump is on top, edging out Ben Carson, 22 percent to 20 percent. None of the other GOP candidates broke double digits.
But, found the poll, more Republican youth voters believe that Carson is more qualified to be president than Trump, by a 43 percent to 38 percent margin. And in the good news category for both, most said that integrity, level-headedness and authenticity were the attributes most valued in presidential candidates, not government or political experience.
The surge of Sanders was surprising. In Harvard's spring 2015 poll, just 1 percent backed Sanders. The shift cost support for former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. His support was less than 1 percent. It's worse for Clinton. Her support has dropped 12 points since the IOP spring poll, from 47 percent to 35 percent.
Also good for Sanders: most do not believe that his "Democratic Socialist" label matters.