Americans pull no punches when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow citizens.
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.”
Republican Millennials, however, are not as supportive of marijuana legalization as their young Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts.
A new survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics finds that 18-to-29 year olds now have a more negative view of his presidency. But the declines are not greater than those of other age groups.
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.
While much of the shift in support for gay marriage is due to the Millennial generation, equally important is that 14% of Americans — and 28% of gay marriage supporters — have changed their minds.
Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.
Young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote.
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.