A new look at the politics of members of the millennial generation shows that they might just be more conservative than anyone guessed.
The new study finds that the generation born between 1980 and 1994 are more likely to identify as conservative than either of the two previous generations — Generation Xers or Baby Boomers — CNN reports.
Saying “It might be time to rethink the millennial voter,” CNN reports that Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, feels we have a misconception about millennials. “The current view of millennials as liberals might be due to their age — young people are more likely to be liberal,” Twenge said.
“But if you compare young people now to young people in previous decades, those now are more conservative,” she added.
“High school seniors are more likely to identify as political conservatives now compared to 10 years ago. Most surprising, more identify as conservatives now compared to the 1980s, presumably the era of the young conservative, such as the character Alex P. Keaton in the 1980s show ‘Family Ties,'” Twenge added.
The study in question was published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and also found Americans today are more politically polarized now than they have been for nearly 50 years.
“This is intriguing because it suggests that Americans are becoming increasingly divided over a relatively small number of differences,” added Ryne Sherman, associate professor of psychology at Florida Atlantic University and co-author of the study.
“Small differences between groups can give rise to polarization as leaders repeatedly emphasize these small differences and members rally around them,” Sherman concluded.
So the divide-and-conquer technique so often used by our president could be backfiring? Let’s hope for the country’s future, it’s true.
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