Can Clinton and Trump sway young voters? These college students aren't so sure

Posted at 10:41 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 07:17:14-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Millennials and younger generations have had trouble bringing themselves to vote for either major party presidential candidate in this year’s election -- in fact, millennials viewed Voldemort, the evil wizard who terrorized Harry Potter, more favorably than either Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a Time Magazine poll earlier this year.

With just a week left before Election Day, both President Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., made visits to central Ohio on Tuesday to try to sway young voters. 

Obama came to Capital University to stump for Clinton’s campaign, but undecided voter Logan Johnson, a junior at Ohio State University, doesn’t think his visit will help make up her mind.

"His visit doesn’t necessarily affect me, because I don’t think he really likes Hillary all that much," Johnson said. "It’s cool that he’s coming here, but he’s not going to be the one in office the next few years. He’s not going to be our president anymore."

Johnson plans on waiting until more details come out from the new emails the FBI is investigating associated with Clinton before making a final decision.

For Capital University sophomore Ellie Repko, who also came to see Obama, the president’s visit counts a lot.

Repko plans to vote for Clinton, but for a long time she avoided choosing between Clinton and Trump.

"It was never really a big thing whether I was going to vote Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but whether I was going to vote at all," Repko said. "The fact that I’m a very big fan of Obama, and what he did for our country over the past eight years, I knew that him endorsing Hillary would help my decision."

The most important thing this election season for millenials is to get out and vote, whether that is for a third party candidate or someone else, Repko said.

Later that afternoon about seven miles north of where Obama was speaking, Trump Jr. was making his pitch for his dad to college students at OSU.

OSU sophomore Raj Agnihotri, a first-generation immigrant from India and a Trump supporter who came to see Trump Jr. speak, thinks meeting Trump's family members could help encourage young voters to make a decision.

"A lot of people are waiting until the last second to make their voting decision, and meeting the family matters," Agnihotri said. "We’re seeing Hillary Clinton use Bill Clinton a lot in her campaign. Who a candidate’s family members are matters."

OSU sophomore Vince Talley, who’s been a Trump supporter for over a year, isn’t as convinced these appearances would make much of a difference with so little time left.

"It’s a week until election," Talley said. "I would hope that people that are undecided would use Donald Trump Jr. and say ‘I want to see what this is about.' But between what has happened in the past year and a half, I think the majority of people are kind of already in their camps, they’ve made up their minds."

Donald Trump has narrowed the polling gap he faces against Clinton over the past few days, including gaining ground among millennial voters.

The general election is on Nov. 8, with early voting in Ohio already in progress.