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Young voter turnout to be down this election -poll

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>> And you can bet.>> Really?>> She's going to vote>> As voters weigh two of the most disliked major party nominees in US history. No group may be more to satisfied with the candidates than the millennials. And some political scientists are worried that hashtags like none of the above and not gonna vote are indicative of a scarred generation of voters that could effect the democratic process for years to come.
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Reuters editor in charge for the northeastern US, Scott Malone explains.>> Reuters polling finds that just 52.5% of young Americans aged 18 to 34, describe themselves as certain, or almost certain to vote on November 8th. That's down from 56.1% at the same point in the cycle four years ago.
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It's a concern, cuz it points to lower turnout, and experts say it could suggest lower turnout in the elections coming forward. A voter who's participated in one election is 10% more likely to vote the next time around than a voter who has sat the past election out.>> Malone says young Americans on both the left and right have found reasons not to vote this election cycle, including the fall of their candidate in the primary election.
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>> I spoke with several young voters, one a college student here in Boston, told me that he had been a very intense supporter of Bernie Sanders. And was looking forward to casting a ballot for him in what would have been his first election. However once Senator Sanders dropped out of the race he's not changed his allegiance to Clinton and simply plans to stay home on election day.
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Saying that neither Clinton nor Trump is an acceptable choice to him. The poll comes as the millennial age group of voters reaches roughly 70 million people in the US, which is about the same number of baby boomers. But older voters are once again more likely to turn out in much larger numbers on November 8th.