Nearly two-thirds of college Dems wouldn't choose to room with Trump supporter: Poll

Most students, 63%, said they could not see themselves marrying someone who voted for the presidential candidate they did not support.

Updated: August 21, 2022 - 3:37pm

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Nearly two-thirds of college Democrats say they would not choose to live with someone who voted for their opposing 2020 presidential pick while less than a third of Republican students said the same, according to a new poll.

Of 1,077 incoming college sophomores polled by NBC News/Generation Lab, 62% of Democrat students said they "probably" or "definitely" could not see themselves choosing to room with a person who supported former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Republican students were more open to living with someone with different political beliefs than Democrat students, the Aug. 12-17 survey showed, with 28% of Republican students saying they could not see themself choosing to room with someone who did not vote for Trump.

A majority of all students, 53%, said they would not go on a date with someone who voted for their opposing 2020 presidential candidate, while 63% said they could not see themselves marrying someone who voted for the presidential candidate they did not support.

Democratic voters far outnumber Republican voters in college, although President Joe Biden is unpopular amongst students, the survey showed. Fifty four percent of students said they would vote for a Democrat for Congress while 23% said they would support a Republican. However, 73% of college Democratic voters said they believe Biden should not run for reelection in 2024, compared to 57% of Republican voters who think Trump should run.

"That’s a pretty powerful picture — you have Trump dorms and Biden dorms," Generation Labs founder Cyrus Beschloss told NBC. "I don’t think I would have seen that when I was starting college in 2015."

The poll has a margin of error of 2.6%. 

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