The young are different from you and me — unless, of course, you happen to be one of them.
If you’re older than 34, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re no longer the wave of the future. That distinction belongs to those born between 1980 and 2002, dubbed the “millennial generation” because they began to come of age at the turn of the century. They’ve grown up, most of them have found jobs (although that hasn’t been easy) and they’re a bigger, more powerful part of the electorate every year. The millennials are a major reason President Barack Obama won re-election in 2012; if nobody under 30 had voted that year, Mitt Romney would be in the White House today.
The independent Pew Research Center released a major report on the attitudes of the millennial generation last week, and here’s what it found: