Poll: Nearly a quarter of young people left the Republican party over the past year

The tumultuous 2016 election and the rocky start of President Donald's Trump administration have had an impact on young voters -- with some opting to leave their political party.

While most voters have remained loyal to their party, at least 10 percent of Democrats and Republicans left their party and joined the other.

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A newly released Pew Research Center study tracked voters' party affiliations from December 2015 through March 2017, using a series of five surveys.

The study found that 23 percent of Republicans aged 18-29 defected to the Democratic Party, while just nine percent of Democrats in the same age bracket defected to the GOP.

Top 25 words that come to mind for Trump: Quinnipiac poll

Top 25 words that come to mind for Trump: Quinnipiac poll
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Top 25 words that come to mind for Trump: Quinnipiac poll

"Bigot" -- 8

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"American" -- 8

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"Racist" -- 9

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"Dishonest" -- 9

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"Clown" -- 9

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"Great" -- 10

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"Disgusting" -- 10

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"Successful" -- 11

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"Narcissist" -- 11

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"Business" -- 11

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"Bully" -- 11

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"Trying" -- 12

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"Arrogant" -- 12

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"Stupid" -- 13

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"A--hole" -- 13

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"Egotistical" -- 15

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"Ignorant" -- 16

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"Businessman" -- 18

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"Strong" -- 21

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"President" -- 22

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"Unqualified" -- 25

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"Leader" -- 25

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"Liar" -- 30

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"Incompetent" -- 31

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"Idiot" -- 39

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The surveys found that 87 percent of Republicans who initially identified with the GOP or leaned Republican had remained with the party over the course of four surveys, or moved away but had returned by March 2017.

There was a similar trend on the Democratic Party side, with 88 percent of those surveyed remaining or returning to the blue party over the course of the study.

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