Has A New Generation Been Turned Off By Politics?

Dangerous Lee

Has the hope and enthusiasm that marked the 2008 elections carried through the polarization and divisiveness of today’s politics? The 2008 election saw 75 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds turn out to vote in the presidential election. A number of surveys and polls have concentrated on Generation Next, a demographic that constitutes 18- to 25-year-olds, or those born between 1981 and 1988. The following are some of the conclusions of those studies.


Views of Government

Generation Next tended to have a more favorable attitude toward government, compared to other generations, when asked if government is wasteful. But 47 percent also reported believing that government was inadequate at handling the nation’s challenges.

Social Issues and Party Affiliation

Generation Next shows a more open and accepting view of social issues such as immigration, race, and homosexuality, with 53 percent of Generation Next respondents indicating that they were concerned with the moral direction…

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