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Poll: Generation Gap Wider Than Gender Gap

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 12:05 PM

By Patrick Hobin

The generation gap is turning out to be wider than the gender gap in the presidential race, USA Today reported, with an 18 percent point difference in the presidential supporters between seniors and under-30 adults.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found most 65-and-older seniors back Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney while adults under 30 support President Barack Obama by almost 2-1. The 18-percentage-point difference is one of the electorate's biggest demographic divides, USA Today reported.

The age divide gives Romney a significant advantage, according to the paper, because those 65 and older are reliable voters while young people are the least.

The difference between the generations is also reflected in race and ethnicity, USA Today reported. Among the seniors surveyed, 16 percent are Hispanic or racial minorities and that proportion nearly triples among those under 30, to 45 percent. Americans under 30 also see the nation's growing diversity as a good thing rather than a bad thing, by 56 percent to 32 percent, according to the poll, while seniors are inclined to see it as a bad thing for the country, by 44-39 percent.

There are also marked differences in how the generations see the issues.

Job creation ranks at the top among young voters while for seniors it ranks sixth as a concern. Protecting Social Security and Medicare programs ranks second among seniors and seventh among younger voters. And young voters tend to care more about environmental issues than seniors, USA Today reported.


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