There’s really quite little in the world of political polling that shouldn’t scare the hell out of Republicans right now.
Their presidential candidate Donald Trump celebrated his first two weeks of official nominee-dom with an extended and baffling implosion that drove down his numbers nationally – in battleground states and even in some states that a Republican shouldn’t have too much difficulty carrying.
As of this writing, he’s hovering around 40 percent in the national polling averages.
The recent state-level polling shows Hillary Clinton is eating Trump’s lunch in New Hampshire Pennsylvania and Florida.
Pretty much everywhere you look – it’s ugly.But there’s one polling trend in particular that should have Republicans feeling frigid stilettos of panic pricking their necks: Young voters absolutely loathe the uniquely toxic Republican nominee.
Attracting the young ‘uns has been a problem of mounting significance for Republican presidential candidates for some time now.
Back in 2004 a comparatively high 45 percent of 18-29 year olds voted to reelect George W. Bush.
Four years later John McCain took home a measly 32 percent of those votes.
Mitt Romney performed slightly better among younger voters in 2012 – but he still got blown out by Barack Obama in that age cohort.
Newly christened Republican nominee Donald Trump however is comically underperforming even McCain’s awful showing.
The most recent McClatchy-Marist poll shows Trump running fourth among 18-29 year olds – behind both Green Party nominee Jill Stein and libertarian candidate Gary Johnson – with a miserable 9 percent.