A majority of young Americans say they would feel like fleeing the country if Donald Trump won the presidency, according to a new Fusion poll about ~feelings~ and the 2016 election.
We asked Americans between the ages of 18 and 35 how they would feel about hypothetical wins by the major Republican and Democratic candidates, including Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.
They had a few options: “like declaring a national holiday,” “like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” “like shrugging,” “like going back to bed,” or “like fleeing the country.”
The responses were all pretty much like:
All told, 54% of young people in the United States said that a Donald Trump presidency would make them feel like packing up and getting the hell out of Dodge. That number spiked to 73% among young black Americans, and 64% of young Latinos.
Democrats were way more likely to say they’d want to run away in the face of a Trump administration, but one in three young Republicans said they’d feel the same way.
On the bright side: governing after half the population under the age of 35 has fled may make the job a little easier.
Read the full analysis of the poll from Langer Research Associates. More on our methodology:
This Fusion 2016 Issues Poll was conducted by landline and cell phone interviews Jan. 6-19 among a random national sample of 1,030 adults age 18 to 35. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the survey’s design effect.
This survey was produced for Fusion by Langer Research Associates of New York, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS/Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pennsylvania. See methodological details here.