Survey: Millennials like Hillary Clinton even more than Obama, bad news for GOP

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Millennial voters, who went overwhelmingly for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, like Hillary Clinton even more, a danger sign for the GOP as it gropes for an able and attractive challenger to the likely Democratic candidate, according to an expansive new survey.

A new Reason-Rupe survey of 2,000 millennials found that the voters ages 18-29 feel closer politically to Clinton than Obama, who they helped win reelection.

“The fact that millennials view themselves as close to Hillary Clinton ideologically corresponds with strong support for her presidential candidacy,” said the survey, conducted by YouGov and released Thursday morning.

The importance of their vote shouldn't be underestimated. In 2000, former Vice President Al Gore won just 48 percent of the 18-29 vote. In 2008, Obama won 66 percent, followed by 60 percent in 2012.

Separately, when asked to pick from 15 Democratic and Republican candidates who they would vote for, Hillary Clinton did best, with 53 percent putting her on their list. Vice President Joe Biden was second with 30 percent. The top Republicans, tied at 17 percent, were Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Rand Paul.

When asked their top choice for president, Clinton crushed it again. She won 39 percent of registered millennial voters, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 9 percent; Biden, 7 percent; Ryan and Paul tied at 6 percent; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 5 percent.

Other key findings of the survey titled, "Millennials, the Politically Unclaimed Generation":

• 58 percent say cutting taxes would help the economy.

• 57 percent prefer a smaller government providing fewer services with low taxes, while 41 percent prefer a larger government providing more services with high taxes.

• 66 percent say raising taxes on the wealthy would help the economy.

• 57 percent say marijuana should be legal, although just 22 percent say cocaine should be legal.

• 52 percent say either the government should not set a legal drinking age or that the legal drinking age should be lower than 21.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at