Proof That the Election Would Have Been Very Different If Millennials Alone Had Voted

Noelle Devoe
Seventeen
Photo credit: Survey Monkey + Getty
Photo credit: Survey Monkey + Getty

From Seventeen

When Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election on Tuesday, lots of people felt confused and angry - particularly young folks who feel the new president-elect doesn't represent their values.

Sure enough, Survey Monkey compiled an interactive map based on poll data from 3 million users to predict which candidate would have won if a single demographic had been in charge of the vote, and millennials were very strongly pro-Clinton.

If the election were up to young adults alone, Clinton would have won in a landslide, earning 473 electoral votes to Trump's 32.

Photo credit: Survey Monkey
Photo credit: Survey Monkey

On the other hand, if voting had been restricted to people over 64, Trump would have won by an even larger margin than he did on Tuesday - 318 electoral votes to Clinton's 208.

Photo credit: Survey Monkey
Photo credit: Survey Monkey

That's a major generational split - and super frustrating if you're not a Trump supporter yourself. The thought that things could have gone completely differently if Baby Boomers had just stayed out of it is a little like when your parents insist they're doing something for your benefit when you know they're literally just ruining your life.

But make no mistake: This is a major wake-up call. The reality is ALL Americans are born with the opportunity to vote. Yet according to the Pew Research Center, millennial voter turnout is decreasing. In 2008, only half of eligible millennials voted. In 2012, that number dropped to 46 percent.

In an election as close as this one, the outcome easily could have been different if all eligible voters had shown up. There's almost never an excuse to stay home. Always vote. Always.

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