Political Survey: Mic Readers

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With the midterms approaching and lots of early chatter about 2016, Mic recently polled more than 700 millennial readers (under the age of 35) about their level of political engagement and their views on the big issues.

Civic engagement
Mic's millennial readers display a higher level of political engagement than their millennial peers.
- 77% are registered to vote
- 66% plan to vote in the 2014 midterm elections
- 83% plan to vote in the 2016 presidential election

Generational differences
Mic readers exhibit an unexpected level of political independence from their parents.
- 48% do not belong to the same political party as their parents.
- 39% belong to the same party, 13% aren't sure.

Issues
Mic readers rank the most significant domestic challenge facing the United States as follows:
- Income inequality - 28%
- Congressional gridlock - 21%
- Education - 16%
- Budget deficit - 6%
- Environment - 6%

Their ranking of the most significant international challenge facing the United States:
- Climate change - 38%
- ISIS - 12%
- Women's rights - 12%
- Global economic recovery - 9%
- Terrorism - 5%

And their ranking of the most under-reported issue that needs to be addressed in the next 10 years:
- Role of money in politics - 32%
- College affordability - 22%
- Race relations - 13%
- Human trafficking - 8%
- Cybersecurity - 4%

Elected office
While deeply skeptical of the political system but interested in making an impact, respondents were somewhat split when asked whether they would run for office tomorrow if money were not a factor.
- 44% said they would not run for elected office
- 33% were an enthusiastic yes (mainly to clean house), while 20% would consider it

Methodology
Survey was conducted from Oct. 8 - 14, 2014.
The survey ran as a pop-up on our site whenever a reader landed on an article.
Mic received 773 responses from readers under 35.

Mic Oct 2014 Audience Political Survey


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