Monday, July 31, 2017

The Once and Future Electorate II


Pew has more on the changing of the generational guard2016 was the first election in which Millennials and Gen X'ers collectively outvoted Boomers and older generations. Their report notes that:
Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 in 2016) reported casting 34 million votes last November, a steep rise from the 18.4 million votes they cast in 2008. But, despite the larger size of the Millennial generation, the Millennial vote has yet to eclipse the Gen X vote, as 35.7 million Gen Xers (ages 36 to 51 in 2016) reported voting last year.
It is likely, though not certain, that the size of the Millennial vote will surpass the Gen X vote in the 2020 presidential election. 
This is of potentially large political significance since the Millennial generation is so heavily Democratic in its political leanings. Pew data indicate that 55 percent of Millennials identify with or lean towards the Democratic party compared to just 33 percent who identify with or lean towards the Republicans--a stunning 22 point party ID advantage for the Democrats.

Chew on that one for a bit. 

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