There are more than 83 million millennials in America; they represent 25 percent of the country’s population; and are more diverse than any of the nation’s preceding generations—more than 44 percent are part of a minority race or ethnic group.
On October 27, The Voice/Black Voice News reported on the impact millennials will have on shaping the future of the inland region and America. Election Day, contrary to the predictions of some pundits who believed the negative ratings of the two presidential candidates would discourage young people from voting— nationally, millennials exceeded 2012 turnout by a full percentage point.
Recent discussion and analysis by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement in conjunction with the nonprofit Brookings’ Institute, examined the 2016 millennial vote. As already widely reported, Hillary Clinton won the youth vote (55 percent) while Donald Trump garnered the support of 37 percent of the millennial electorate.
The discussion and analysis attributed Clinton’s success with these voters as follows: “Leading up to the election, polls showed that 67 percent of Black youth and 36 percent of Latino youth were scared of the possibility of a Trump presidency.” It was this fear, the experts argued, that compelled many of these young people to vote for Clinton.
By comparison, Trump’s young voters were primarily white. However, this group was basically divided along the lines of gender—46 percent of young White males supported Trump compared to only 33 percent of young White females.
In the final analysis, Trump defied pre-election projections and secured a third of millennial voters. It is believed one of the biggest factors contributing to his over performance in this area was voter enthusiasm—32 percent of these young Trump supporters were excited by the prospect of a Trump presidency while only 18 percent of young Clinton supporters claimed to be excited about their candidate.
In 2016, young adults were more likely to identify as liberals but were less likely to identify as Democrats; and, while millennials who voted for Trump were energized by his candidacy, growth among the number of young people who identify as Republican has remained static. The analysis also revealed that only one-third of young adults hold a favorable view of the Republican Party in general.