The Baby Boomers were the largest generation in the United States for many, many years. The next generation, Generation X, didn’t quite match the numbers of the baby boomers, but they did give way to a generation known as the Millennials that has now overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest population in the country. This also means that a political shift appears to be coming, as the Millennials have now also been found to be the largest voting group in the United States.
This group of Millennials, which was born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, according to Harvard University, has surpassed all other living generation according to a study. Not only that, but the Millennials are voting for the Democratic Party at an incredibly high rate. 65 percent of Millennials identified with the party, leading the Republican Party by a 2-to-1 margin. The Baby Boomers identify as more than 2-to-1 in favor of the Republican Party.
As the Baby Boomers continue to age, it will mean lower voting numbers while the increase in Millennials could cause the Democrats to regain control for an extended period of time. Harvard polling director John Della Volpe said that “American political institutions are at a tipping point.
“Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate. This poll and the Virginia election show that they are becoming more motivated,” he sadded. “I believe the fear that exists today about our future will soon be turned into the fuel that will reform our government. The only question is whether this comes from inside or outside the traditional party structure.”
That fear that Della Volpe was talking about was a result from the poll that said only 31 percent of Millennials said that the United States was heading in the right direction from a political standpoint. Nearly 80 percent of the generation was also concerned about race relations in the United States, while nearly 70 percent of minorities felt “under attack” on a consistent base.
These young Americans are also not concerned much about international threats, with more than two-thirds saying that the greatest threat came from within the country. It was an open ended question that was presented to voters, with many saying that “ourselves” presented the largest threat. Politicians and racism were also among the more popular answers to that question.
The polls from Harvard have been ongoing for decades, and this is the first time that Americans under 30 years old were in favor of stricter gun laws by a majority basis. Previous years have seen a nearly 50-50 split in that decision, marking another political shift.
While the younger generation is favoring the Democrats, there’s still a very low amount that believe that their party is looking out for them personally. Republican voters felt the same way, which led to more than 70 percent of Millennials saying that a third major political party needed to be added to the United States. This separate poll that was conducted asked young voters across all types of races, political affiliations and genders. One problem that arises from that, however, is agreeing on what the major third party’s structure would be.
Regardless, it appears that both the Republican Party and Democratic Party need to change their focus to appeal to younger voters. Trust seems to be a massive issue for many of the voters. The numbers tell the story, and United States politics appears to be on shaky grounds for the future now that the Millennials are the largest voting group.