By Michelle Blackston
They rocked the vote in 2008, but will they come out again in 2010? While the answer remains to be seen, state legislators can gain some insight on the politically astute, younger generation of voters that is credited with sweeping President Obama and Democrats into office on a platform of change.
Just this week, the Pew Research Center released its findings of a three-year survey of young adults in America. Called “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next,” the report compares the values, attitudes and behaviors of 18 to 29-year-olds with that of their older counterparts. Millennials, born between 1980 and 1992, are among the largest voting bloc in the United States next to their Baby Boomer parents.
At a meeting in Washington, moderated by PBS Newswoman Judy Woodruff, policy experts, social science researchers and representatives from a cross section of business, nonprofit and political action groups were all ears to learn more about these Millennials. The briefing of the Pew report included representatives from Google, the New York Times, MoveOn.org and the conservative-leaning New America foundation.
Study authors and other researchers shed some light on this Internet-savvy, connected generation. And if you weren't there, you could follow along via Twitter, Facebook and a video web stream of the meeting.
Millennials, it turns out, vote differently than their older counterparts: They tend to be more liberal and vote Democratic than even their nearest age cohort the Generation Xers.