The Generation Gap in American Politics

Sharing core norms and values
Posted May 15, 2018 | Pew Research Center

This report by the Pew Research Center examines the attitudes and political values of four adult generations in the United States, based on data from 2017 and 2018.  Generational differences are now the widest they have been in decades, with the potential to shape politics well into the future. From immigration and race, to foreign policy and the scope of government, two younger generations, Millennials and Gen Xers, stand apart from the two older cohorts, Baby Boomers and Silents. Millennials are more than 40 percent nonwhite, the highest share of any adult generation; by contrast, Silents (and older adults) are 79 percent white. Younger generations - particularly Millennials - express more liberal views on many issues and have stronger democratic leanings than older cohorts.


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