Courtesy of Big Think and Deloitte, a Pew survey found that young voters are “unabashedly progressive” and, given the chance, “wildly dissatisfied with current politics.” These voters wish politicians would be more like them, but when they pressed their political leaders, it was hard to see them engaging. From age 18 to 29, only 3 percent think the current political system is working very well for people like them. Only 8 percent think the system is working at all.
In line with the findings that likely young people favor diversity in government and are strongly opposed to climate change denial, the poll found that young voters “are far more likely than older generations to think the next president should be female or minority.”
Young voters are far more likely than older generations to think the next president should be female or minority.
Men under the age of 30 are more likely than older men to prefer presidential candidates who share their views on immigration and which candidate is best positioned to develop a strong economy, the poll found. More than 8 in 10 young men who identify as female say a female president would be a good thing.
Women are more likely than men to say a female president would be a good thing.
In addition, young voters more than older voters think that politicians should expand entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, streamline the tax code and tackle immigration. Only half of young voters think a president should treat any policy proposal favorably or skeptically based on evidence — a far lower share than older voters — but young voters are far more likely than older voters to believe that a president should listen to experts.
As a final takeaway, young voters across age divides give somewhat lower grades to their college-educated friends than other voters do. A point of common ground between both groups was to value excellence above “just doing well.” But while their college classmates tout “getting ahead,” they have not yet adopted more lofty ideals.
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