Aging millennial voters are becoming more receptive to Republicans, bucking a theory among Democrats that…
By Mark Steffen
Aging millennial voters are becoming more receptive to Republicans, bucking a theory among Democrats that yesteryear’s young people would break from a longstanding trend across previous generations that shows conservative sentiments grow over time.
Nate Cohn with the New York Times reported new data showing a rightward shift among voters under 50 who came of age supporting former President Barack Obama’s campaign and opposing the Iraq War but now find themselves unmoored from the direction of today’s Democratic Party. The trend is especially pronounced among the eldest millennials: nearly 50 percent of those born between 1980 and 1984 now vote for the Republican candidate for president, a trend that mirrors the voting habits of the youngest Generation X voters who came before them. While millennials born between 1985 and 1994 still vote heavily Democratic, they have made definitive shifts rightward since 2012, when President Obama was reelected.