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November 27, 2012


Will Millennials Usher in a New Era of Liberalism?

Jonathan Chait: "How doomed are conservatives? Pretty doomed, if you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey's close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans' long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it's mainly a generational one. The youngest generation of voters contains a much smaller proportion of white voters than previous generations, and those whites in that generation vote Republican by a much smaller margin than their elders. What's more, younger voters supported President Obama during the last two election cycles for reasons that seem to go beyond the usual reasons -- social issues like gay marriage and feminism, immigration policy, or Obama's personal appeal -- and suggest a deeper attachment to liberalism. The proclivities of younger voters may actually portend a full-scale sea change in American politics."














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