Polling data among millennial respondents showed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comfortably defeating GOP front-runner Donald Trump in a hypothetical race.

Millennials, the largest U.S. age demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds, picked Clinton over Trump with 60 percent to 21 percent, respectively. According to Quinnipiac University, 12 percent of millennials would not vote if the election came between Clinton and Trump, while 4 percent were unsure and 2 percent would vote someone else.

As the age groups grew older, Trump's support grew and narrowly toppled Clinton's support. Within the 35-49 age group, Trump would win the election with 46 percent to 43 percent for Clinton. In the 50-64 year old group, Trump maintained a lead with 45 percent to 42 percent for Clinton.

The 65 and older age group saw the tide change in favor of the former secretary of state. Clinton received 50 percent to Trump's 39 percent among 65 and higher respondents.

Fellow Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, however, has the potential to outperform Clinton with the age groups outside of the millennial bracket. Despite the younger age, Rubio still lost to Clinton with millennial voters. Clinton would win with 56 percent to Rubio's 28 percent. Rubio would win with the older age groups. Within the 35-49 group, Rubio garnered 49 percent, while Clinton accrued 42 percent.

Against fellow Latino Republican candidate Ted Cruz, Clinton kept her lead with millennials. The former New York senator won the hypothetical matchup with 55 percent, while the current Texas senator had 33 percent. Similar to Trump, Cruz performed slightly better with older age groups, except the 65 and older demographic, where he narrowly lost 46 percent to 44 percent.

While Clinton did manage to defeat Cruz, Rubio and Trump among millennial voters, her Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders outdid her numbers. With millennial survey respondents, Sanders defeated Trump with 74 percent to 18 percent, while 7 percent said they would not vote. Sanders also defeated Rubio, 60 percent to 31 percent, and against Cruz, 59 percent to 30 percent.

Millennials are nearly split when it comes to Clinton's favorable ratings. Although 45 percent said they have a favorable view of the Democratic front-runner, 44 percent held an unfavorable opinion of her. Four percent refused to answer, while 8 percent "haven't heard enough" about her.

Sanders' favorable rating soared to 58 percent, and an unfavorable rating of 14 percent. Sanders does have one issue compared to Clinton: familiarity. While 8 percent said they have not heard enough about Clinton, 28 percent said the same about Sanders.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted between Dec. 16 and Dec. 20 with registered voters participating.


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