At the center of the Pew Research Center’s mission is a commitment to measuring public attitudes on key issues and documenting differences in attitudes between demographic and political groups.
Just 40% of U.S. adults ages 18 to 34 identify with the term “Millennial.” Generational identity is strongest for Boomers, with 79% of those 51 to 69 seeing themselves as part of the “Baby Boom generation.”
Despite improvements in the labor market, Millennials today are less likely to be living independently of their families and establishing their own households than they were in the depths of the Great Recession.
Where do Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers get their news about politics and government? How do media habits differ across these three generations?
Fact Tank sat down with David Campbell, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, to explore what the new findings mean.
The 35% of Millennials who do not identify with a religion is double the share of unaffiliated Baby Boomers (17%) and more than three times the share of members of the Silent generation (11%).
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.
Republican Millennials, however, are not as supportive of marijuana legalization as their young Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts.
Young people there were less likely than those ages 50 and older to say children today will be better off financially than their parents.
About half of young Europeans ages 18 to 33 have a positive view of China, but that view is tempered by their opinions about that country's human rights record.