Democratic Nominee for President of the United States former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to and meets Pennsylvania voters at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Monday September 19, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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By Samantha Cooney
September 26, 2016

As many millennial women support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as they do Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, according to a new study.

The study, which comes from the media company behind the popular newsletter theSkimm, surveyed 6,000 of its daily newsletter readers at random, with 50% of the responses coming from women between the ages of 22 and 35 years old. TheSkimm released a report built from the responses of millennial women on Monday ahead of the first debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The study has a relatively small sample size limited to readers of theSkimm’s newsletter. But it does provide some insights into how some millennial women are voting in an election that some have said could be decided by women.

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According to the study, most millennial women (56%) are backing Clinton, the first female presidential nominee on a major party ticket. Clinton’s support among millennial women isn’t limited to Democrats, with 50% of independents and 17% of Republicans throwing their support behind her.

Millennial women who don’t support Clinton aren’t necessarily voting for Trump, who has come under criticism throughout the campaign for sexist comments. Only 8% said they’re voting for the New York businessman—the same percentage of respondents who backed Johnson. Twenty-four percent said they’re undecided.

But most millennial women surveyed will definitely be voting on Nov. 8, with only 3% saying they won’t vote. Only 11% said they are voting because they are excited about their candidate. Instead, 43% say they’re voting because it’s their right and 41% are voting because they specifically don’t want the other candidate to win.

Read the full study here.

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