David Davenport: The Rise of Millennial Voters
A wave of change is coming in the 2018 and 2020 elections: the rise of millennial voters. In those elections, millennials, born between 1980-2000, will finally pass baby boomers as the largest voting generation. What we know is that millennials hold different political views than their boomer parents. They are more fearful, saying 4-1 that America is on the wrong track. They believe less in political institutions such as Congress and the President. They are more open to socialism, less committed to freedom. Seventy-one percent say we need a new political party. What we don’t know is how many millennials will actually show up to vote. So far, their voting percentage is low: only half or less of eligible voters in 2016. It seems likely that millennial concerns will change the conversation in future elections, but we’ll have to wait and see whether they actually vote and change the outcome.