Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party is struggling to attract nonwhite voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.
But a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials â€” defined as those between the ages of 18 and 33 â€” suggests that Republicans will have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.
The findings suggest that millennialsâ€™ attraction to Democratic and liberal policies extends beyond the candidacy (and presidency) of Barack Obama.
Obamaâ€™s 34-point victory among 18-to-29-year-olds in 2008, and his 24-point margin four years later, showed that he had an ability unique among politicians â€” Democrats or Republicans â€” to motivate and unite an age group that has been the perennial sleeping giant of American politics. But Republicans have held out hope that without a historic figure like Obama leading the ticket, millennials will be back in play in 2016 and beyond.
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