Multicultural Millennials and Generation Z to Play Huge Role in November
Things ain’t what they used to be.
Up to 26 million people in the United States have marched against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. During the month of June, 6% of American adults reported having participated in a rally or protest related to racial equality, 54% of whom were multiethnic, and 41% were millennials and Generation Z.
In other words: a significant percentage of the Americans who are not happy with the status quo are non-white millennials and Generation Z.
Millennials and Gen Z will account for a whopping 27% of eligible voters come November. Gen Z in particular will be more racially and ethnically diverse than their predecessors, as well as more educated. Based on projections, Gen Z voters will be only 55% white. 21% will be Hispanic, 14% Black, and 4% Asian or Pacific Islander. Comparatively, baby boomers and older will be about 74% white.
As young America comes of age, they bring to the polls an increasingly progressive outlook on policy and governing. They want reform and regulation--and leaders who look like them.
Only about 30% of both millennials and Generation Z approve of 45’s job performance, compared to 38% of Generation X, 43% of baby boomers, and 54% of the Silent Generation.
But here’s the rub: the diversity and perceived political participation of millennials and Gen Z won’t mean a thing if they don’t turn out to vote. Sure, millennials and Gen Z are more progressive, more diverse, more believing in government, and more inclusive—but their willingness to go to the polls on Election Day is an outstanding question.
A recent poll showed 50% of voters aged 18-24 were planning on voting, up 10% from a similar poll conducted in 2016. One question is whether millennials and Gen Z who backed progressive Democratic candidates will carry their fervor over to Vice President Biden.
Regardless of the margins of error, it’s a foregone conclusion that the impact of millennials and Generation Z will be consequential. The fact that those groups are more diverse than their predecessors, more liberal, and more inclusive is not only a good sign for November—but a sign of a better future for all of us.