Why Democrats Should Be Losing Sleep Over Generation Z

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There has been much talk about the Millennial generation being entitled, lazy, and narcissistic. And while Millennials like myself were busy fending off the harsh criticisms and stereotypes constantly flung at our generation, a whole new demographic was slowly emerging from the shadows. Hello, Generation Z! The fiscally responsible, tattoo hating, Republican leaning group, touted by conservatives as their best hope for the future, and as the antithesis of Millennials.

While Millennials still remember cassette players and dial-up Internet, Generation Z grew up hounded by perpetual terrorist threats and school shootings reflecting on them from their Macbook and iPad screens.

They grew up watching Millennials entering the work force with thousands of dollars in school debt, and it seems that they are intent on not making the same mistakes as us.

According to research, Gen Z is more individualistic, more conservative both socially and fiscally, and they’re already making waves of impact on our political system. Gen Z, those born in 1995 or later, is possibly the most conservative generation since World War II, and it is worrying that their impact has been completely overlooked during this election. While our fears might be preemptive, we should not make the mistake of disregarding the intriguing yet also possibly worrying world views of Generation Z.


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The article talks about Generation Z being "more conservative".
People should not confuse the modern day Republican party with "conservatism". :rolleyes:

The article claims the Generation Z "leans" Republican, but then not one iota of data presented in the article shows that to be true.
But studies show that Gen Z’s views closely resemble those of Libertarian or Moderate Republicans, and that they related with Donald Trump on issues like national security and job creation.​

Having overlap on two issues is not the same thing as voting Republican....
In fact, one should raise the question as to WHY DOES THE ARTICLE STATE ONLY TWO EXAMPLES FOR OVERLAP WITH TRUMP
There are a LOT more than just two issues out there on the political concern spectrum.
And one of the two issues is "jobs"??? Trump's stated position on jobs isn't really that unique... We all want job growth. :rolleyes:

A better article that does more analysis...
The Post-Millennials Should Scare the Hell Out of the GOP
Even as the political world continues to debate the effects of the millennial generation (those Americans born, depending on the definition, between 1981 or 1982 and 1997 or 2000), there’s a new reality just on the horizon, which the debate on guns after the Parkland massacre has accelerated: the post-millennial generation, that more clearly 21st-century cohort (sometimes called Generation Z) that is just now beginning to make its way onto the voting rolls.​
We’ve all seen the high-school kids protesting both gun violence and the pols who are in thrall to the gun lobby. But there’s less-anecdotal data becoming available about the attitudes of the post-millennials, as reported by Ron Brownstein. And it sure looks dangerous for the future of Trump-style politics, or perhaps Republican politics generally.​
Basically, everything about the millennial generation that threatens the GOP — its diversity, tolerance, and relative disdain for values rooted in conservative Christianity — is even more likely to be manifested among the post-millennials.​
“It’s difficult to see how the GOP will gain ground among younger adults as this newest cohort continues its demographic and cultural drift away from the average GOP voter,” says Daniel Cox, research director of the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, which recently conducted one of the most extensive surveys of attitudes among post-millennials in partnership with MTV. “The cultural disconnect is only going to grow. The average GOP voter is a middle-aged white Christian. That’s simply not what the US is going to look like in the future.”​

For one thing, the post-millennials are roughly half nonwhite. “Already … a majority of post-millennials are kids of color in 13 states and 38 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, ranging from Los Angeles, San Antonio and Houston to New York, Chicago and Memphis.” That trend is likely to intensify. And while it’s a bit early to nail down specific political leanings in kids this young, a survey of students entering college in 2016 is illustrative of what we are likely to see, says Brownstein:​
In that poll, 80% of the entering students said the federal government should address climate change, 71% said the wealthy should pay higher taxes and 68% said gun control laws should be more strict — all priorities that Trump and congressional Republicans reject.
Also in the survey, 36% of the entering students identified themselves as “far left” or “liberal.” That was a significant increase from the 24% that so identified in 1997, around the time the first millennials entered college … Among entering women, the study found, over 41% in the new poll identified as liberal or far left, the highest number recorded since the survey began in 1966.​

There are some signs of hope for Republicans among post-millennials, as some findings from a different survey of 15–24-year-olds (basically younger millennials and post-millennials) by the Public Religion Research Institute and MTV show:​
White young people (35%) hold more favorable views of Trump than Hispanic (17%), API (6%), and black young people (5%). However, young white people are less favorably inclined towards Trump than white Americans overall; 46% of white Americans view Trump favorably.​

More importantly, the demographics of these young people make pro-Trump pockets less important:​
Seventy percent of young people view former president Barack Obama favorably, while 28% have an unfavorable opinion of him. In sharp contrast, only 25% of young people view Donald Trump positively, while 72% have an unfavorable view of him.


The Post-Millennials Should Scare the Hell Out of the GOP
 
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Holy thread-jack Batman
Lame excuse #357 for why Sabcat won't address a topical point. :rolleyes:
I'm just curious if anybody who isn't drinking the Trump kool-aid thinks of you as credible ...

Your article claims that Democrats should worry about Generation Z. Claims they are "Republican leaning".
My article directly shows how this is false. While they may align with Trump on two issues, there are many more issues for why they line up better with Dems.

But maybe you don't understand the topicality of my article because, yet again, you didn't even bother to read the article you posted...
 
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Lame excuse #357 for why Sabcat won't address a topical point. :rolleyes:
I'm just curious if anybody who isn't drinking the Trump kool-aid thinks of you as credible ...

Your article claims that Democrats should worry about Generation Z. Claims they are "Republican leaning".
My article directly shows how this is false. While they may align with Trump on two issues, there are many more issues for why they line up better with Dems.

But maybe you don't understand the topicality of my article because, yet again, you didn't even bother to read the article you posted...
Not an excuse at all. An accurate observation of you posting an article longer than the OP outside of quote box.


Young conservatives are demonstrating more to libertarian ideals as the democrats are becoming more and more communists. I could personally care less what happens to the gop.

The point is that genZ is rejecting authoritarianism and that is what is important.
 
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Not an excuse at all. An accurate observation of you posting an article longer than the OP outside of quote box.
Yeah. It's an excuse.
You need to look up the meaning of the word.

You also need to look up the meaning of the word "thread-jack" because what you just claimed is not what you originally posted. You have (yet again) changed your argument when your previous one was exposed as b.s.
"Thread-jack" has nothing to do with your arbitrary excuse for standards of "an article longer than the OP outside of quote box".


Young conservatives are demonstrating more to libertarian ideals as the democrats are becoming more and more communists. I could personally care less what happens to the gop.
ROFLMAO!
You did not read the article you posted. Otherwise you wouldn't just start making up your own justification for the title of the thread. :rolleyes:


The point is that genZ is rejecting authoritarianism and that is what is important.
And again, your claim has absolutely no basis in fact. Nothing in your article justifies this claim.
 
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Yeah. It's an excuse.
You need to look up the meaning of the word.

You also need to look up the meaning of the word "thread-jack" because what you just claimed is not what you originally posted. You have (yet again) changed your argument when your previous one was exposed as b.s.
"Thread-jack" has nothing to do with your arbitrary excuse for standards of "an article longer than the OP outside of quote box".



ROFLMAO!
You did not read the article you posted. Otherwise you wouldn't just start making up your own justification for the title of the thread. :rolleyes:



And again, your claim has absolutely no basis in fact. Nothing in your article justifies this claim.
Thats nice.

I really like when you assign me an argument and then argue against it. It kinda makes me feel a little tingly inside. Its like i am right there w/ you having that conversation inside of your head. Very special indeed.

Don't change, no matter what anyone (especially doctors) tells you.
 
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Thats nice.
I really like when you assign me an argument and then argue against it. It kinda makes me feel a little tingly inside. Its like i am right there w/ you having that conversation inside of your head. Very special indeed.
Don't change, no matter what anyone (especially doctors) tells you.
Yet again, not one iota of a topical argument. Not even an iota of an attempt to justify your assessment of the situation.
You did not even read your own article. My post was addressing your article itself. But you seem to think responding to your article is not topical???
(Again, look up the meaning of the word "thread-jack". But I think you DID know what the word meant and you simply (yet again) changed your argument when your previous quick retort failed.)

You respond with more b.s. to ignore the points made as you refuse to defend what you've actually said...

Democrats don't need to lose any sleep over Generation Z.
Fiscally conservative? Democrats have been doing more to reduce the size of the federal government and reign in spending than Repubs have for the last few decades.
 
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Yet again, not one iota of a topical argument. Not even an iota of an attempt to justify your assessment of the situation.
You did not even read your own article. My post was addressing your article itself. But you seem to think responding to your article is not topical???
(Again, look up the meaning of the word "thread-jack". But I think you DID know what the word meant and you simply (yet again) changed your argument when your previous quick retort failed.)

You respond with more b.s. to ignore the points made as you refuse to defend what you've actually said...

Democrats don't need to lose any sleep over Generation Z.
Fiscally conservative? Democrats have been doing more to reduce the size of the federal government and reign in spending than Repubs have for the last few decades.

Wait, now you are saying "Democrats don't need to lose any sleep over Generation Z."? am assuming you mean that they will fall in line w/ the leftists. The dems can't even seem to be able to figure out what they are doing, splitting at the seams so to say. Socialism seems to be the direction they are heading. That is far from "fiscally conservative"
 
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There has been much talk about the Millennial generation being entitled, lazy, and narcissistic. And while Millennials like myself were busy fending off the harsh criticisms and stereotypes constantly flung at our generation, a whole new demographic was slowly emerging from the shadows. Hello, Generation Z! The fiscally responsible, tattoo hating, Republican leaning group, touted by conservatives as their best hope for the future, and as the antithesis of Millennials.

While Millennials still remember cassette players and dial-up Internet, Generation Z grew up hounded by perpetual terrorist threats and school shootings reflecting on them from their Macbook and iPad screens.

They grew up watching Millennials entering the work force with thousands of dollars in school debt, and it seems that they are intent on not making the same mistakes as us.

According to research, Gen Z is more individualistic, more conservative both socially and fiscally, and they’re already making waves of impact on our political system. Gen Z, those born in 1995 or later, is possibly the most conservative generation since World War II, and it is worrying that their impact has been completely overlooked during this election. While our fears might be preemptive, we should not make the mistake of disregarding the intriguing yet also possibly worrying world views of Generation Z.


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I can only hope that is true. Personally, anecdotally, I have not seen evidence of it however, Gen Z people I know just 'make the cut' (i.e. the older, borderline Millennials, of the bunch)