Millennial voters don’t all think the same way

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While poll after poll tries to predict where millennials stand politically, Cathy Cohen says some of our assumptions about what issues matter to young people are all wrong.

Cohen’s innovative survey of millennials, GenForward, is a first of its kind. By oversampling young people of color, they investigate differences in responses by race and ethnicity. The data she’s collected give us a unique window into what millennials are thinking and what they might do in the 2020 election.

“There’s a narrative out there that in fact there’s this kind of monolithic millennial generation,” says Cohen, professor of political science at the University of Chicago.

“[In] fact, what we found is actually there’s quite a kind of complexity to this generation. And that if we’re not paying attention to this generation we’re really going to miss important trends.”

In this episode of the Big Brains podcast, Cohen explains the myths around millennial voters and their beliefs.

Transcript here.

Source: University of Chicago