December 11, 2013 – This website is essentially apolitical. I’m sharing the following report, however, because it’s so interesting: Dailykos reports that the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think-tank, has analyzed voting patterns of the Millenials (those born roughly since 1980) and a slice of their predecessors, the Gen X’ers (those born generally between the early 1960s and the early 1980s and who turned 18 years old during the Reagan/elder Bush years). The report makes this astounding finding:
Everyone born after Star Wars came out is basically a Democrat.
In other words, the dividing line is age 37 (in 2012): Voters 37 and under tend to vote progressive (Democratic) while voters 38 and older skew more conservative.
The study suggests that as the Millenials and Gen X’ers begin to vote in ever greater numbers, and the older generations (Baby Boomers, born 1946-1964, and the Silent Generation, born 1925-1942) die out, progressive values and policies (which tend to be favored by the Democratic Party) will increasingly prevail.
Interesting article, whatever your political beliefs are. Read more here and a Washington Post graph here. As with all research, view it with a critical eye. For example, the grey boxes in the chart below indicate “data not available” due to small sample sizes.