WASHINGTON – To say there is discontent over the presidential choices among millennials in 2016 is an understatement, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Nearly 40 percent of the respondents between the ages of 18 and 35 say they would prefer Barack Obama appointing himself president-for-life, while 24 percent say they would prefer a giant meteor striking Earth and causing the “extinguishing of human life” to either of the two major-party candidates moving into the White House in January.
The extinction-level event won a majority of votes when matched up head-to-head against a Donald Trump presidency, while 34 percent preferred it to Hillary Clinton.
The pollsters had this to say about the choice of Armageddon: “We do not take our respondents at their word that they are earnestly interested in seeing the world end, but we do take their willingness to rank two Constitutional crises and a giant meteor ahead of these two candidates with startlingly frequency as a sign of displeasure and disaffection with the candidates and the election of 2016.”
See the ad campaign for the Sweet Meteor of Death:
Despite that, the news was not all bad for Clinton, who was widely preferred over Trump among those surveyed. When limited to just the two major candidates, millennials overwhelmingly chose Clinton over Trump, 66 percent to 22. Third-party candidates cut into that edge, however, with Trump staying steady at 22 percent, Clinton dropping to 61 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson getting 9 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein winning 5 percent.
Clinton is fortunate, however, she’s not running against Obama. In a head-to-head matchup between the Democratic Party nominee and a life term for Obama, he wins.
For those praying against the end of the world, the good news is that half of the 1,247 young people were not planning to vote at all.
Why was the choice of an end-of-the-world scenario even listed by the pollsters in an academic poll?
It seems there is a millennial-oriented campaign under way on social media for the “Sweet Meteor O’ Death.” The Twitter account currently boasts more than 35,000 followers, while the Facebook page has several campaign video ads posted.
Among the campaign promises are an end to the federal debt and the elimination of all taxes.