Millennial voters talk trust in candidates, voting process

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s one of the most important Constitutional rights we have as American citizens; casting a ballot, making our opinion heard.

Heading to the polls is about a lot more than the person who will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years. It’s about domestic policies, appointments, and foreign relations.

News 4 asked 169 college students to tell us how they feel about voting Tuesday.

“Coming from a person that’s new to the election system and new to the process, it seems like my choices are a lot more limited than I would have hoped,” said Canisius sophomore Landon Mackinnon

Mackinnon isn’t alone.

Matthew Preston opted for third party candidate Gary Johnson after the very first presidential debate. He said he didn’t hear enough about the issues.

“It was basically political mudslinging.” Preston told us.

We wanted to know how much young voters trust each candidate. Along with electability, it’s been a buzzword this election cycle, as both candidates have struggled with it, and used it against one another.

For both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, most of the voters we surveyed replied they don’t trust them.

Nearly 60 percent said they don’t trust Donald Trump, with 35.5 percent reporting they don’t trust Hillary Clinton.

Almost 25 percent of the voters stated they somewhat trust Clinton, 15 percent answered the same way for Donald Trump.

Trump is completely trusted by more voters than Clinton, but only by .7%.

“I definitely trust Hillary more. I mean I do have skepticism with the whole email thing everybody talks about and the other things that have been brought to attention. But she has so much experience and she actually knows what to do in the office,” said Peyton Richmond, who also goes to Canisius.

“Hillary Clinton, no I never trusted her from the beginning,” said Trump supporter Ryan Ballow.

Ballow said despite his candidate’s scandals and highly criticized comments about sexually assaulting women, he feels Trump is more of a straight shooter than his opponent.

“As a Trump supporter it’s getting very hard to defend him. He was doing good up until the point of the bus. But I think he’s doing a good job defending himself,” Ballow told us.

Of the students we interviewed, Ballow was in the minority.

“I could not trust him. He doesn’t even know what he says, he lies about what he says,” Richmond told News 4.

“I don’t think who has those types of ideas and values should be leading this country,” she continued.

Buffalo State junior Benjamin Ersing pointed out that while Clinton’s leaked speech transcripts to Wall Street executives wasn’t good for her campaign, it wasn’t enough to cost her his vote.

“I think that’s something that every politician kind of does. A lot of things are said behind closed doors that are different than when politicians are in front of cameras and saying them,” said Ersing.

“I don’t really support either candidate more but I would probably have to say like out of the lesser two evils, would probably be Hillary,” Natassia Tuhovak said.

We also asked students to tell us how much they trust each major party.

“I trust the values of the Democratic party but I don’t the way that it’s being carried out,” Mackinnon told News 4.

When it comes to the Democratic Party, most young voters we surveyed told us they somewhat trust the party, 32.5 percent.

Only 8.8% say they completely trust the Democratic machine, which is slightly higher than voters’ feelings toward the Republican establishment.

5.3% of voters feel they can completely trust the GOP. Most young voters we asked, just more than 30 percent, reported they do not trust the Republican Party. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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