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Over 50 Percent of 2016 Votes Cast by Millennials, Gen-Xers

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In Chicago, Ill., University of Illinois at Chicago students open a bag of "No Choice" snack chips dispensed from a custom vending machine, in October of 2016. During the 2016 election season, Rock the Vote, the largest non-partisan, non-profit organization in the country, encouraged youth voter registration at college campuses nationally. (Peter Wynn Thompson/AP)

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An analysis of Census Bureau data conducted by the Pew Research Center found that "Millennials and Generation Xers cast 69.6 million votes in the 2016 general election." That’s a bit more than the 67.9 million cast by baby boomers and older voters. It’s the first time in decades that "Boomers and older voters represented fewer than half of all votes."[1]

This is part of a natural generation transition as older generations age and die.

Boomers are still the biggest generational voting block, accounting for 35 percent of all votes. Generation X provided 26 percent millennials 25 percent, and the Silent Generation 14 percent. Pew believes, "It is likely, though not certain, that the size of the Millennial vote will surpass the Gen X vote in the 2020 presidential election."

The Pew data for 2016 shows the expected pattern of higher turnout among older voters. Seventy percent 70 percent of eligible voters in the silent generation voted, as did 69 percent of boomers. For Generation X, the figure was 63 percent. Only 49 percent of eligible millennials showed up.

Footnotes:

  1. Pew Research Center, "Millennials and Gen Xers outvoted Boomers and older generations in 2016 election," July 31, 2017

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