If the 2016 presidential election was held today, millennials would favor Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump.

Based on Quinnipiac University's latest national survey, millennials, the largest generational demographic in the U.S., would favor Clinton with 49 percent to Carson's 36 percent. In comparison to other age groups, such as the 35 to 49 year olds, 50 to 64 year olds and 65 year old and higher, millennials is the only age group that prefers Clinton as president than Carson.

"Is there a doctor in the house? There certainly is and at the moment Dr. Ben Carson is delivering a troubling diagnosis to Secretary Hillary Clinton," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "With the election one year away, Ben Carson has surgically cut away all but one GOP opponent and taken a scalpel to Hillary Clinton's lead. But a year is an eternity in presidential campaigns and this race already has left some former front-runners on life support."

In a hypothetical election between Clinton and Trump, the former secretary of state would be victorious with a larger margin of victory. With millennials, Clinton received 58 percent to Trump's 30 percent. Four percent of millennial respondents aid they would not vote, while three percent would prefer someone else. Clinton also won with the 35-to-49 age group, with 49 percent to 40 percent, respectively. The older age groups sway in Trump's favor.

Clinton's margin of victory begins to decline if her challenger was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The Republican candidate, son of Cuban immigrants, received 34 percent of the millennial vote, lower than Clinton's 46 percent. Clinton's margin of victory increased if her challenger was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Millennials preferred her with 48 percent to 35 percent for Cruz.

Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders maintained double-digit leads against Carson, Cruz, Rubio and Trump. Against Carson, Sanders won with 54 percent to 36 percent. Millennials also preferred Sanders with 62 percent against 30 percent for Trump. His streak continued with 51 percent to Rubio's 37 percent. Finally, Sanders received 56 percent to Cruz's 34 percent.

Most millennials, however, admitted they haven't heard enough about Carson to form an opinion (40 percent). Trump's unaffordable rating hit 76 percent, while Clinton received 41 percent. Her favorable rating was 50 percent, while 7 percent said they haven't heard enough about her.

Millennials, however, don't appear to be more enthusiastic with the 2016 presidential election. Most millennials, at 44 percent, said they are more enthusiastic about the election, but 39 percent said they felt "about the same." Sixteen percent said they were less enthusiastic. Sanders' favorable rating was 52 percent, 18 percent was unfavorable but 30 percent haven't heard enough about the independent Vermont senator.

Millennials are Americans born between 1980 and mid-2000s, currently representing one-third of the total U.S. population. The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2


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