Friday, November 30, 2012

The Kids Are Alright

“As a matter of election analysis, this is certainly noteworthy data, which helps explain why the president was able to do as well as he did.

But in the larger context, this has even greater salience. There's been ample talk of late about Republicans having a "demographics" problem -- the GOP is an overwhelmingly white party with pockets of regional appeal in a nation that's growing more racially and ethnically diverse.

But as Pew helps remind us, Republicans also have a serious generational problem that should also make the party nervous.

Reflecting on the Pew Center's report, Jon Chait explained that younger voters aren't just voting Democratic more than older generations; they're also vastly more liberal than their elders, which has the potential to force "a full-scale sea change in American politics."

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