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NYT: Generational Divide on Social Issues for Republicans

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By    |   Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:44 PM

A rising group of young voters, Republicans included, are far more open to social change than generations before them, according to The New York Times, and their views could be a challenge for the Republican Party in the near future, according to political scientists.

The Times, citing a Pew Research Center survey, said the voters – referred to as Generation Z or people who were born between 1995 and 2010 – "roughly mirror attitudes held by Millennials."

The Pew survey found just 30 percent of 11,920 Generation Z respondents said they approved of President Donald Trump's performance. Seventy percent believe the U.S. government should do more to solve problems and 62 percent say increasingly racial/ethnic diversity is good for society.

"When it comes to views on race, the two younger generations are more likely than older generations to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the United States today," according to the report.  

"This should be an alert to the Republican Party as they think about generational replacement," Elizabeth Bennion, a political science professor at Indiana University South Bend, told the Times.

In the U.S., more than 68 million people belong to Generation Z and their views are likely to remain the same, says Kim Parker, who oversees research into social demographic trends at the Pew Research Center.

"The differences we see across age groups have more to do with the unique historical circumstances in which they come of age," she said.

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A rising group of young voters, Republicans included, are far more open to social change than generations before them, according to The New York Times, and their views could be a challenge for the Republican Party in the near future, according to political scientists.
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