You might think that Millennials and Boomers would have very different takes on what matters when it comes to voting tomorrow, but you’d be in for a big surprise.
AARP and AYA (which may be less familiar; it’s the Association of Young Americans) recently conducted a national survey of almost 5,000 Americans about politics and voting. Respondents encompassed Boomers like us, as well as Gen Xers and Millennials, who are right now aged from their early 20s to mid-30s.
Both Boomers and Millennials put “honesty in government” at the top of their list of political issues.
The survey asked participants to rank the level of importance of 18 issues that face the country. Both Boomers and Millennials put “honesty in government” at the top of their list of political issues.
A resounding number of Boomer women—98 percent!—said that jobs and the economy, access to a high-quality education, and honesty in the government were the three most vital concerns right now. A whopping 94 percent of Millennial women agreed. When respondents were asked to select only one issue as the single most pressing one, there were some notable differences, however. Boomers opted for Social Security—as in, will it still be here in the coming years—as the one weighing most heavily on them. For Millennial females, healthcare topped their list.
Millennials Voting: The Trump Factor
Both generations agreed that they are not happy with President Trump’s role leading our country. Fifty-two percent of Boomer women disapprove of his performance, and 65 percent of Millennials also gave him the thumbs down when the research was conducted a few months ago. There’s one finding that shows a big generation gap: While 83 percent of Boomers said they were “very likely” to cast their ballot in the midterm elections, only 55 percent of the younger generation were planning to.
So please, in the next 24 hours—urge every young person you know to get out there and exercise their right to vote! We should all be proud to make our voices heard.