PublicationsMarch 1, 2018

The Generation Gap in American Politics

Generational differences have long been a factor in U.S. politics. These divisions are now as wide as they have been in decades, with the potential to shape politics well into the future.

PublicationsJanuary 30, 2018

Majorities Say Government Does Too Little for Older People, the Poor and the Middle Class

Majorities of Americans say the federal government does not provide enough help for older people (65%), poor people (62%) and the middle class (61%). By contrast, nearly two-thirds (64%) say the government provides too much help for wealthy people.

PublicationsSeptember 3, 2015

The Whys and Hows of Generations Research

At the center of the Pew Research Center’s mission is a commitment to measuring public attitudes on key issues and documenting differences in attitudes between demographic and political groups. An individual’s age is one of the most common predictors of differences in attitudes and behaviors. On issues ranging from foreign affairs to social policy, age […]

PublicationsSeptember 3, 2015

Most Millennials Resist the ‘Millennial’ Label

Survey Report Millennials will soon become the nation’s largest living generation. They already have surpassed Generation X to make up the largest share of the U.S. workforce. Despite the size and influence of the Millennial generation, however, most of those in this age cohort do not identify with the term “Millennial.” Just 40% of adults […]

PublicationsApril 30, 2015

A Different Look at Generations and Partisanship

Survey Report Over the past decade, there has been a pronounced age gap in American politics. Younger Americans have been the Democratic Party’s strongest supporters in both vote preferences  and partisanship, while older Americans have been the most reliably Republican. The Pew Research Center’s report earlier this month on partisan identification found that 51% of […]

PublicationsMarch 7, 2014

Millennials in Adulthood

Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends

InteractivesApril 4, 2013

Marijuana: Changing Attitudes

PublicationsApril 4, 2013

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana

Report For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A national survey finds that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45% say it should not. Support for legalizing marijuana has risen 11 points […]

PublicationsNovember 26, 2012

Young Voters Supported Obama Less, But May Have Mattered More

In winning reelection, Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30. That was down somewhat from 2008, when Obama won nearly two-thirds (66%) of the votes of young people. However, Obama’s youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year than it was in 2008. […]

PublicationsSeptember 28, 2012

Youth Engagement Falls; Registration Also Declines

Young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote. The share of voters younger than 30 who are following campaign news very closely is roughly half what it was at this […]

PublicationsAugust 13, 2012

Older Americans Have Been Highly Resistant to Medicare Changes

Older Americans are wary of changes to Medicare. Compared with younger people, they are more positive about the way the program operates, less apt to think that changes are needed and far less disposed towards Paul Ryan’s proposal to reshape Medicare. A Pew Research survey in May of 2011 found that those 65 and older […]

PublicationsNovember 3, 2011

The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election

In the last four national elections, generational differences have mattered more than they have in decades. According to the exit polls, younger people have voted substantially more Democratic than other age groups in each election since 2004, while older voters have cast more ballots for Republican candidates in each election since 2006. The latest […]

PublicationsJune 3, 2010

Seniors are Strongest Advocates for Change in 2010

PublicationsMarch 24, 2010

Young People Make Up Large Proportion of Census Hold-Outs

PublicationsFebruary 18, 2010

Democrats’ Edge Among Millennials Slips

PublicationsFebruary 4, 2010

Millennials’ Lukewarm Support For Health Care Bills

PublicationsFebruary 1, 2010

Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage

PublicationsDecember 21, 2009

Current Decade Rates as Worst in 50 Years

As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. By roughly two-to-one, more say they have a generally negative (50%) rather than a generally positive (27%) impression of the past 10 years. This stands in stark contrast to the public’s recollection of other decades in […]

PublicationsJune 5, 2009

Gen Next Squeezed By Recession, But Most See Better Times Ahead

PublicationsFebruary 26, 2009

Newspapers Face a Challenging Calculus