Millennial and Gen-Z voters are the future and are reminded of it all the time. Voting and choosing future leaders for the country falls under that same pressure. Older generations sometimes believe Millennials and Gen-Z don’t care about voting or the future of the country, but they couldn’t be more wrong. As a society built around older beliefs, there can be a lot of misconceptions about Millennial and Gen-Z generations.
“Millennial and Gen-Z voters don’t care about voting or politics.”
The narrative of younger generations caring less and less about voting couldn’t be more wrong. According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials and Gen-Z outvoted Baby Boomers in the 2018 midterm elections. Millennial and Gen-Z voters doubled their voting turnout between 2014 and 2018. They are reportedly the biggest demographic of people who actively pay attention to politics. Even college students are lobbying for more poll locations on campus to invoke their right to vote.
“Young people don’t stand for anything anymore. They’re only worried about social media.”
When you think of the protests about climate change, gun control, and education reform, who do you envision spearheading the protests? Young people are the most under-represented group when speaking on concerning issues that have more impact on them than older generations. This is what fuels them to organize and bring these concerns to people in power. Activists are getting younger and although they are speaking on the same topics, they’re getting creative with it. Social media has become their best friends when organizing and gaining support. One simple hashtag can create a movement.
“They’re young, they have no idea what they’re talking about.”
Millennials and Gen-Z voters have a greater advantage to resources than older generations. All it takes is a few Google searches to make a decision about who they feel is the best candidate to lead the country. Political affiliation is one of the main forms of identity and shapes a person’s way of thinking and who they decide to socialize with. By the time they graduate high school, they’ve already determined a concrete belief system.
“Millennial and Gen-Z voters only vote for Democrats and Liberals.”
Millennial and Gen-Z voters are voicing some demands, too. When considering the best candidate to lead, they need someone who will do what’s right for their constituents. Political parties aren’t much of a concern anymore, only someone who isn’t afraid to talk to the community and figure out how they can help. Past candidates like Andrew Yang and Bernie Sanders promised reduced student loans, better funding for small business owners, and job security for young people. If a Republican candidate demonstrated the same ideas for young people, they would possibly have a greater chance of securing votes.
Millennial and Gen-Z voters take into great consideration how they can contribute to positive change. Although older generations have their doubts about them, Millennials and Gen-Z continue to prove them wrong. One thing they did get right was that Millennials and Gen-Z are the future.