From a practical standpoint, however, data shows that millennial women aren’t necessarily involved in the electoral process as midterms approach. While an overwhelming 82 percent of female millennials say they’d prefer to vote for a candidate who challenges the status quo, and 55 percent say that the 2018 elections are more important compared to past midterm elections in their lifetimes, only 15 percent say they’re doing a lot of talking about the candidates, according to a new survey conducted by the Hive, theSkimm, and SurveyMonkey as part of Millennial Takeover 2018, our year-long editorial project in advance of midterms. The lack of enthusiasm is more or less consistent across party lines: just 20 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning female millennials say they’ve talked “a lot” with friends and family about the candidates running in their state, as do 18 percent of millennial women who are Democrats, or Democratic-leaning.
The numbers are slightly more encouraging when it comes to voting—more than half of millennial women say they are “absolutely certain to vote” or “will probably vote” in November. (Of course, those numbers likely overstate turnout—a statement to a pollster is no guarantee that someone will actually vote.) But among millennial women who don’t plan on voting, 29 percent say it’s because they don’t know enough about the candidates or issues, and 18 percent because they don’t believe their vote will make a difference.