october surprise amirite

We think we found the candidate for men’s rights activists

Elena Scotti/FUSION

Hi, bud. Do you want to sit down on the couch over here by me? Yeah, let’s sit down. Your mother (Fusion’s polling firm) and I have some news.

According to Fusion’s latest millennial poll, white men who think discrimination against their race or gender is a problem in the United States prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton to address the issue—which, again, is discrimination against white people or men.


It’s OK to feel shocked. This is why we pulled you out of school early. Here, have a tissue. Crying is just our eyes saying what our mouths can’t express.

The poll assessed young voters’ attitudes about which presidential candidate is best equipped to handle discrimination: Hillary Clinton or the guy who was sued by the federal government for discriminating against prospective black tenants at his various real estate properties.

Among those who report being concerned by discrimination against women and people of color, Clinton is “vastly more trusted to handle the issue”—coming in ahead of Trump by 55- and 42-point margins.

This may be related to the fact that Clinton didn’t announce her campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists. It may also have something to do with how Clinton, unlike Trump, does not make regular use of racist uncle speak (“the blacks,” “the gays“) in her campaign appearances.

While we’re on the topic, I guess Trump’s vow to reinstate stop-and-frisk, an unconstitutional and glaringly racist method of policing, probably doesn’t help things much, either.

And while an overwhelming majority of young Democrats—above 90%—view discrimination against women, black people, Latino people, and other minority groups as a problem, young Republicans are significantly less likely to agree on that point. Among GOP respondents, 59% reported that they believed discrimination against women was a problem. On the question of discrimination against people of color and other minority groups, 77% said it was a problem.

Overall, Clinton polls better on the question of handling discrimination against almost every group—except one.

Can you guess which?


More on our methodology:

This Fusion 2016 Issues Poll was conducted by landline and cell phone interviews Sept. 7-20, 2016, among a random national sample of 1,009 adults age 18 to 35. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points for the full sample, including the survey’s design effect.

This survey was produced for Fusion by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS/Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa. See the full analysis by Langer Research Associates here. See methodological details here.