101 posts tagged democrats
By Michelle Diggles
1. Millennials are more likely to be political Independents than any other generation.
Despite voting for President Obama by double-digits in 2008 and 2012, 50% of Millennials are self-described Independents.
Millennials support a bigger government providing more services over a smaller government providing fewer services by 53% to 38%.
Approximately 40% of Millennials are non-white or Hispanic.
A plurality of Millennials (39%) are moderates, with another 31% describing their political views as liberal, and 26% as conservative.
While 56% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, 54% of Millennialsagree.
By 20 points, Millennials were more supportive than the Silent Generation of the military conducting nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan. And 60% said the U.S. made the right decision in to use force in Afghanistan—14 points higher than Silents.
Nearly seven in ten Millennials think that newcomers strengthen American society, with a paltry 27% saying newcomers threaten our customs and values. In contrast, 44% of Baby Boomers and 40% of the Silent Generation say immigrants strengthen our country, while 46% of Baby Boomers and 45% of the Silent Generation say newcomers are a threat.
This piece was originally published via Republic 3.0
By Bill Schneider
The economic debate is now sharply focused on the issue of income inequality. That may not be the debate Democrats want to have, however. It’s negative and divisive. Democrats would be better off talking about growth — a hopeful and unifying agenda.
Democrats believe income inequality is a populist cause. But it may be less of a populist issue than an issue promoted by the cultural elite: well-educated professionals who are economically comfortable but not rich. There’s new evidence that ordinary voters care more about growth.
Growth and inequality are not separate issues. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote, “Politicians typically talk about rising inequality and the sluggish recovery as separate phenomena when they are in fact intertwined. Inequality restrains and holds back our economic growth.
The question is whether Democrats want to talk about punitive and confiscatory policies aimed at curbing the power of the wealthy and special interests or an agenda aimed at growing the economy for everyone.
Our latest deep dive into the voter registration numbers shows the 2014 electorate might be the most Independent yet. In the 12 states that have competitive statewide elections in 2014 and track registration by party:
- Since 2012, Independent registration has outpaced Democratic and Republican enrollment in 11 of the 12.
- Independent voters have increased by 17.2% since 2008.
- In 6 of these states (AK, AZ, CO, IA, ME, NH), there are now more registered Independents than registered Democrats or Republicans.
- Millennials may be driving the surge, since they call themselves Independents at higher rates than any other generation (now 50%, up 11 points since 2008).
Get all the data in our new memo: Voter Registration Update—Independent Swell
Our latest infographic compares Millennials with their Silent Generation grandparents on hot topics including marriage for gay couples, legalization of marijuana, immigration reform, and the role of government. It may surprise you which issues they agree on and which issues they decidedly do not.
Matt Bennett & Jim Kessler, Co-Founders of Third Way
In “Kos Folds Up the Big Tent,” a recent op-ed in Politico Magazine, Matt Bennett and Jim Kesller discuss why Markos Moulitsas’ ”purity tests” for Democratic Senators are bad for the party.
Selfies. Snapchat. Girls. If that’s all you know about Millennials, brace yourselves. America’s largest generation is about to shake-up politics with perspectives that may surprise you. Learn more.
By Kirsten Powers, USA Today
Bad news for Democrats: It seems Millennials are special little snowflakes after all.
A new report by the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way highlights the political complexity of a generation raised to believe they were utterly unique. When it comes to politics, they do it their way. Which could make the cohort that turned out en masse for President Obama unpredictable as voters.
Last night, Third Way co-founder Matt Bennett and Salon’s Joan Walsh appeared on Hardballwith Chris Matthews to discuss Hillary’s potential bid for President, as well as if the populist trend in the Democratic Party is viable beyond places like Massachusetts and New York City.
When a major news story does NOT provoke a partisan response, it’s worth noticing. That seems to be the case with Edward Snowden.
Is Snowden a whistleblower or a traitor for leaking information about NSA surveillance activities? The public is split. But so are Republicans. And so are Democrats. The issue cuts right across party lines. Many Republicans are libertarians. Many Democrats are civil libertarians. And some Democrats are probably annoyed that the Snowden leaks embarrassed the Obama Administration.
But views of Snowden show a definite pattern by age.
A solid majority of Americans in the millennial generation (under 30) regard Snowden as a whistleblower. Most seniors consider him a traitor. The older you are, the more critical you are of Snowden.
Young people have always been anti-establishment, and Snowden took on the political and military establishment. Interestingly, Tea Party Republicans are also anti-establishment (and especially anti-Obama). Most Tea Party Republicans agree with millennials that Snowden served the public interest (53%).
This piece is from the January 2014 edition of Bill Schneider’s Inside Politics Newsletter.
Jonathan Cowan, president and co-founder of Third Way.
Throughout his career, Cowan has helped build several centrist Democratic groups, tackling issues including the deficit and gun control. That effort has made him a target at times, sometimes from within his own party. And he’s OK with that. To learn more, read the full profile via The Hill.
By Bill Schneider
Here we go again.
2014 will be the third election in a row in which Obamacare is the central issue. The Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in March 2010, contributed to a fierce voter backlash against Democrats in November 2010. After the Supreme Court upheld the law in June 2012, the issue seemed to be settled by Obama’s re-election that November.
The botched Obamacare rollout this year has again thrust the issue to the top of the political agenda. Republicans are counting on opposition to Obamacare to propel them to a majority in the Senate next year. A conservative group is already running an ad attacking Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for supporting Obamacare: “Next November, if you like your senator, you can keep her. If you don’t, you know what to do.”