Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015: More Millennials Than Baby Boomers

This is the year that Baby Boomers and Millennials reach parity in their respective shares of the American population (75 million each).

The 2016 election will see the massive Baby Boom Generation eclipsed in size by voters under 35 years old. Since 1968, when the oldest Baby Boomers became of voting age (26th Amendment lowered voter age from 21 to 18 in 1971), they have had a profound impact on the politics of the country, finally reaching the White House with Bill Clinton in 1992 for the Democrats and George W. Bush in 2000 for the Republicans. Barack Obama is a youngish member.

A major political difference in Millennials joining the voter role is they are much more liberal than Baby Boomers (51 to 69 years old) or even Generation X (35 to 50 years old).

Millennials self-report and register more as independent, but they are more liberal, and at least in 2008 and 2012, voted much more Democratic.

Baby Boomers were nearly two-to-one more conservative than liberal, but Millennials, according to Pew Research, are more liberal than conservative by 2 points (30% liberal to 28% conservative).

Pew Research: This year, Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers
Gallup: U.S. Baby Boomers more likely to identify as conservative

1 comment:

Dave Barnes said...

So, do Republicans worry that they will lose voting power as the Millennials take over?
Or, do they relax knowing that these socialist kids will wise up and become more conservative as they age?