A professor at Monmouth College has tapped into an "under reported" group of voters in the United States.
At the beginning of October 2015, Monmouth College, in conjunction with Triton Polling and Research in Bend, Oregon, conducted an online survey of 307 voters between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. It's the largest political survey sampling of that age group in recent history, according to Joe Angotti, visiting distinguished professor at Monmouth College.
"This demographic, the 18 to 24 year old, has been particularly difficult to reach and include in polls," said Angotti, a former producer for NBC News.
Angotti continued, "We found out that the reason for that was because that demographic was being increasingly difficult to reach because they were all using cell phones."
Angotti formulated the online survey, asking Millennials some of the following questions: Who they would choose for president of the United States from the Republican and Democratic party, where do they stand on same-sex marriage, do they believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States and do they support putting troops on the ground in the Middle East to fight ISIS.
If Millennials between 18 and 24 were fully in charge of the 2016 election, it would be Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump. Millennials surveyed also strongly supported same-sex marriage, allowing undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. and the majority of those surveyed did not support putting troops on the ground in the Middle East.
Angotti said the survey will provide more accurate polling information, and hopefully will give a better representation of data for young voters. Monmouth College plans on sending similar polls throughout the election season.