Daily Blog Email
According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, Millennials are about to eclipse Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the U.S. electorate.
As of November 2016, an estimated 62 million Millennials (adults ages 20 to 35 in 2016) were voting-age U.S. citizens, surpassing the 57 million Generation X members (ages 36 to 51) in the nation’s electorate and moving closer in number to the 70 million Baby Boomers (ages 52 to 70), according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Millennials comprised 27% of the voting-eligible population in 2016, while Boomers made up 31%.
In 2016, Generation X and members of the Silent and Greatest generations (ages 71 and older) comprised 25% and 13% of the electorate, respectively. In addition, the oldest members of the post-Millennial generation (those born after 1996) began to make their presence known for the first time – 7 million of these 18- and 19-year-olds were eligible to vote in 2016 (comprising just 3% of the electorate).
Here’s a graph depicting the impending change:
It’s pretty simple (and grim): all Millennials are now old enough to vote, and Baby Boomers are beginning to die.
The growth of Millennials entering the electorate has tapered off and plateaued the last few years. Why? Because as many Millennials as can join the electorate have. No more Millennials are being born, those are members of Gen Z or iGen, and according to Pew (and many other research institutions) the youngest Millennials have all turned 18 years old.
Millennials and Baby Boomers are VERY different when it comes to their political views.
Here are a few key graphs from Pew’s Millennials in Adulthood study from 2014:
Millennials are more independent.
Millennials are more Democrat.
Millennials identify as more liberal.
I could go one for a while, but, in sum: Millennials are more liberal and Democrat than Boomers. This was all true in 2014, as the graphs depict, and you can bet it’s even more true now.
A major factor that I haven’t mentioned yet is voter turnout. It doesn’t matter how many Millennials are part of the electorate of a small percentage of them actually turn out to vote.
Here’s a graph from Pew depicting voter turnout rates since 1996:
It comes down to this:
A lot of Millennials are unhappy that Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America. If they want to change that in 2020, they’re going to have to do more than bark about it on Twitter.
If Millennials want to actually affect change in their country, they have to be as willing to drive to their local voting precinct as they are to march on Washington.
Voting and doing the hard work to drive change in communities is not for the impatient or attention-hungry.