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Generational politics in the US

July 8, 2019

I am not particularly optimistic about US politics. To the extent that anything gives me hope, it is the graph, right, that shows the number of voters in off-year election by generational cohort. The 2018 election was the first year that the Baby Boomers and older generations were outvoted by younger generations. As the graph shows, that largely was because of a large uptick in voting by younger people that year. Maybe they’re realizing they had better start showing up at the polls.

Older Americans are more likely to propagate fake news on the internet. James McDaniel, just for fun, created a website with fake news aimed at the Trumpistas. It soon was garnering millions of views:

I was surprised by how gullible the people in the Trump groups were, but as I continued to write ridiculous things they just kept getting shared and I kept drawing more viewers.

I am not at all surprised by that.

The nice graphic left shows religious breakdown by party, further refined by ethnic group, in the case of Christianity. Though from an article explaining why the Democrats cannot motivate a “religious left,” what it really shows is the degree to which the Republican Party today is the party of white Christians. The sooner they are outnumbered and outvoted by a younger generation that is more diverse, the better.

Peter Beinart describes another way the younger American generation may be savvier than their predecessors: they reject the myth of American innocence. Niall Ferguson also reads the tea leaves, and predicts generational strife.

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  1. July 8, 2019 10:11 pm

    The 538 article on why no religious left, quite good. Thanks for this.

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