Speed Reads

2014 midterms

A majority of millennial voters want Republicans to control Congress

Or at least millennials who are likely to vote in the coming midterm elections feel that way, according to a Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday.

Among adults between the ages of 18 and 29 who say they will "definitely be voting" next month, 51 percent say they want Republicans to run Congress, while 47 percent favor a Democratic-led Congress. The results suggest that young voters "are politically up-for-grabs" and "could be a critical swing vote" in 2014, Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams writes.

However, the findings don't necessarily mean the youth vote is up for grabs in future elections. Republicans are far more jazzed than Democrats about voting this year, which tips the likely voter model in the party's favor. Among all millennials, a majority say they prefer for Democrats to run the legislature, per the same poll.