Pew Research: Next Generation of Voters Mostly Non-white

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 01:41 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Non-whites will represent half or more of the next generation of voters, a trend that indicates the majority will likely lean toward policies that favor bigger government for generations to come, a top pollster has said.

Speaking at a briefing for congressional aides hosted by the moderate Republican Ripon Society, Pew Research Vice President Michael Dimock said the GOP will need to tone down its anti-government messages if it hopes to survive in an era that will see an increasing percentage of Americans support programs and policies traditionally backed by the Democratic Party, the Washington Examiner reported.

"Their tendency is more liberal, their tendency is bigger government," Dimock said of so-called "millennials" born between 1979 and 1995. He added that they will set the trend for the generation that follows them.

"This is a generation that is 41 percent non-white; the generation behind it is likely to be close to 50 if not more than 50 percent non-white; and the anti-government kind of tone is one that really doesn't resonate with that non-white sector in particular," Dimock said, according to the Examiner.

His advice to the Republican Party was "try to take as much of the anti-government rhetoric out."

Ripon also expanded on other characteristics of younger voters. He said they tend to be both pro-government and pro-business; divided over gun control; supporters of abortion rights; and believe welfare does more good than harm, the Examiner reported.

"He confirmed what a lot of Republicans already know, that the party has a lot of work to do with younger Americans, who view the GOP as politically rigid and ideologically out of step," Lou Zickar, editor of the Ripon Forum and the group's communications director, told to the Examiner.  "If there's a bright spot, it's that millennials are increasingly untethered to either party, which means there's a chance for Republicans to win them back."

Dimock's views appear to reinforce the findings of a Pew Research Center poll released earlier this month that found that half of millennials are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, the highest share for any age group over the last decade.

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