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Millennial and Gen X Voters Outnumber Baby Boomers for First Time

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 09:25 AM

More millennials and Generation X members cast a ballot in the 2016 elections than Baby Boomers and older generations, The Hill reports.

Richard Fry, labor economist for the Pew Research Center, found that voters under the age of 51 cast roughly 70 million votes in the previous election, just above the 68 million cast by the Silent and Greatest Generations, and although Baby Boomers still represent the largest voting group with 48.1 million votes in 2016, that still falls shy of their 50.1 million peak in the 2004 election.

"The influence and clout of the Baby Boomers is waning, and Millennials are rising," Fry told The Hill.

Despite the increasing importance of Millennial voters, only half of those eligible voted in the 2016 election.

"The Millennial population and the Millennial electorate, they're going to continue to grow in size. So far their turnout hasn't really materialized," Fry said. "We would expect their turnout to increase more as they mature."

Millennials also tend to favor Democrats more than the older generations. Pew Research Center found that they lean towards Democrats by a 21-point margin, above Generation X who favor Democrats by an 11-point margin, Baby Boomers who did not favor either party, and the Silent Generation who prefer Republicans by a 7-point margin.

"To the extent that they do turn out, they do tend to clearly lean Democratic," Fry said.

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