Every time you see some unwashed twentysomething hippie getting rousted from a smelly tent, remember that there are hundreds of thousands of “Millennials” who are entrepreneurs, have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, or have already started families of their own.
Michael Barone breaks down the true numbers behind the so-called “Obama Generation.”
The most noteworthy movement among whites has been among voters under 30, the so-called Millennial generation. Millennials voted 66 to 32 percent for Barack Obama in 2008 and identified as Democrats rather than Republicans by a 60 to 32 percent margin.
But white Millennials have been moving away from the Democrats. The Democratic edge in party identification among white Millennials dropped from 7 points in 2008 to 3 points in 2009 to a 1-point Republican edge in 2010 and an 11-point Republican lead in 2011.
The media works hard to portray the GOP as a bunch of stodgy, un-hip old men. It’s not working.