January 12, 2009

Young Democrats

19 points

A 19-point gap now separates Democratic and Republican identification among young voters.

A significant generational shift is occurring in the political allegiance of young voters, with a 19-point gap in party identification favoring the Democrats among those under age 30. Almost half of voters ages 18-29 identify as Democrats (45%) compared with 26% who identify as Republicans and 29% as independent. Such a sizeable gap — or any gap — has not always existed among younger voters. As recently as 2000 — as well as in 1992 and 1984 — party affiliation was split nearly evenly within this age group. Read More