There’s no doubt that Democrats have done well with Millennials. But what about Gen Z — those born from 1996 to 2010 — the oldest able to vote for the first time in 2016? There are some eye-opening data uncovered from Jeff Brauer, a poli sci professor at Keystone College.
Salena Zito has your must-read article about Brauer’s research:
Last year was the first presidential election in which Generation Z voted, according to Brauer, “yet there was virtually no attention paid to this demographic.”
In fact, in almost every case, its members were simply lumped in with their significantly different counterparts, the millennials, in the 18-to-29 age group.
“This was disingenuous and unfortunate and didn’t give the true picture of the election,” said Brauer. “Looking at the data, there was virtually no attempt to separate these two very different generations of voters.”
Brauer explains that, from 2012 to 2016, Democratic candidates lost 5 percent of the youth vote nationally (down from 60 percent to 55 percent). In Florida, Democrats’ margin of victory among the young dropped 16 percentage points. In both Ohio and Pennsylvania, the drop was 19 points. In Wisconsin, 20 points.
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