Millennial: No Longer Catch-all Term for Young People

Millennial: No Longer Catch-all Term for Young People

If you’re over 40, you probably use the term Millennial for anyone 30 and younger, but that is actually not the case.

A recent Pew article highlights the subtle yet important differences between the Millennial generation and the newest generation: Generation Z.

The cutoff between the Millennials and Generation Z is a 1996 birthyear, making Generation Z largest segment of the population at 26%. Generation Z currently contains roughly 5% of the total voting age population and, according to Pew, is positioned to be the most diverse and educated generation yet.

Pew chose 1996 as the generational cutoff for a combination of social, economic and political factors. 

Life Experience

Millennials

Generation Z

9/11 Attacks

Old enough to remember

Oldest were 4 years old

2008 Financial Crisis

Affected job opportunities; household growing up

Had little affect

Personal Handheld Device

Learned usage

Native user

The possible biggest factor contributing to these subtle differences between generations is technology. While Millennials were early adopters or learners of the smartphone and social media, Generation Zers are natives to this technological revolution. Generation Z has grown up in a world with unprecedented exposure to the world at large. Generation Z appears to be more socially accepting and liberal than any previous generation, and that is a likely result of the degree of exposure Gen Zers have had to different lifestyles. 

Issue

Millennials

Generation Z

Blacks are treated less fairly than whites (% of Republicans in agreement)

 30%

 43%

Familiarity with a person who uses gender-neutral pronouns

 25%

 35%

Believes government should do more to solve problems

 64%

 70%

In 2020, Millennials and Generation Z are projected to make up 37% of the electorate. While older generations like the Boomers and the Silents are historically more likely to turn out and vote, their share of the electorate shrinks each year. With Millennials and Generation Z more educated, diverse, and liberal-leaning, the future looks bright in Democratic politics.  

Millennials and Generation Z will make of 37% of the 2020 electorate

To read more about this study, click here. As always, we invite you to join our voter research conversation on social media with #chismstrat. 

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