This may be the last presidential election dominated by Boomers and prior generations
Recent presidential elections have been dominated by voters from the Baby Boom and previous generations. That may change this November.
How the public views the secret to America’s success
Compared with many other countries in the world, Americans stand out for their patriotism. But surveys show that Americans disagree over what’s behind their country’s success.
Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation
Millennials now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers.
Comparing Millennials to Other Generations
Our interactive graphic compares the generations today and in the years that each generation was young (ages 18 to 33) to demonstrate this sea change in the activities and experiences of young adults that has occurred over the past 50 years.
The Next America
America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Explore these shifts in our new interactive data essay.
A generational gap in American patriotism
Compared to other generations, a smaller percentage of Millennials say the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.
Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.
Middle-Aged Adults “Sandwiched” Between Aging Parents and Kids
Nearly half of middle-aged adults have an older parent and are supporting a child. And about one-in-seven are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.
Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs
The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.
The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election
In the last four national elections, generation has mattered more in American elections than it has in decades. This continues to be true as voters look ahead toward the 2012 general election. In a contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there is a 20-point gap in support for Obama between Millennials and the over-65 Silent generation.