() Politically, Millennials were among Barack Obama’s strongest supporters in 2008, backing him for president by more than a two-to-one ratio (66% to 32%) while older adults were giving just 50% of their votes to the Democratic nominee.
This was the largest disparity between younger and older voters recorded in four decades of modern election day exit polling.
() Only about six-in-ten were raised by both parents — a smaller share than was the case with older generations.
In weighing their own life priorities, Millennials (like older adults) place parenthood and marriage far above career and financial success. Just one-in-five Millennials (21%) are married now, half the share of their parents’ generation at the same stage of life.
But at the moment, fully 37% of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed or out of the workforce, the highest share among this age group in more than three decades.
Research shows that young people who graduate from college in a bad economy typically suffer long-term consequences — with effects on their careers and earnings that linger as long as 15 years.) Whether as a by-product of protective parents, the age of terrorism or a media culture that focuses on dangers, they cast a wary eye on human nature.
To be sure, Millennials remain the most likely of any generation to self-identify as liberals; they are less supportive than their elders of an assertive national security policy and more supportive of a progressive domestic social agenda.