at Penn State University last week.
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"He's not moving a party to the left.
He's moving a generation to the
left," says pollster
According to the survey released Monday, Sanders remains the most popular presidential candidate for so-called millennials between the ages of 18-29, 54 percent of whom view him favorably, compared to 31 percent who harbor unfavorable views.
Just 37 percent of respondents say they see Sanders rival Hillary Clinton favorably, compared to 53 percent who do not.
More importantly, regardless of how Sanders fares in Tuesday's primaries, or in the race for the nomination overall, there's little doubt that the senator from Vermont is making a lasting impact, polling director John Della Volpe told the Washington Post on Monday.
The poll offers a clear picture of how millennials' support for progressive ideals - those embedded in Sanders' platform - has increased in the last year.
In 2016, 48 percent of respondents thought "Basic health insurance is a right for all people," up from 45 percent last year and 42 percent the year before that.
Similarly, 47 percent of respondents said this year that they believe,
This percentage grew from 43 percent in 2015.
And whereas in 2015, 40 percent of young respondents said "The government should spend more to reduce poverty," 45 percent of respondents said so in 2016.
Meanwhile, according to the Los Angeles Times,
The paper continued:
Still, the Harvard survey shows that in the last year, preference for Democratic control of the White House nearly doubled, with two-thirds of respondents saying they want a Democrat to win the 2016 election.
What's more, for the first time in the past five years of Harvard's polls, significantly more young people called themselves Democrats (40%) than said they were independent (36%).
The Washington Post adds:
It would be hasty to ascribe the shift totally to Sanders, Della Volpe said,
The poll surveyed 3,183 Americans ages 18 to 29 from March 18 to April 3.
It has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.