Professor Warns Liberals “Gen Z’s Inclinations Generally Fit Moderate Republicans”
Jeff Brauer, a professor at Keystone College, has been researching the political leanings of Generation Z, concluding that the next generation differs substantially from millennials. His findings show that Gen Z is more fiscally conservative than millennials were, and generally resemble the politics of moderate Republicans.
The Professor says “Politically, Generation Z is liberal-moderate with social issues, like support for marriage equality and civil rights, and moderate-conservative with fiscal and security issues,”. Adding: “While many are not connected to the two major parties and lean independent, Gen Z’s inclinations generally fit moderate Republicans.”
Via Campus Reform:
Notably, Brauer’s research has indicated that growing up in an age of constant terror threats, school shootings, and economic instability has led Gen Z to prize economic stability and security more highly than millennials.
“Pollsters need to pay attention to Gen Z. People and politicians need to recognize that they aren’t millennials and shouldn’t be lumped in,” Brauer told Campus Reform, noting that “there was virtually no attention paid to this demographic” in 2016, even though it was the first presidential election in which Gen Z had the ability to vote.
“Democratic candidates lost five percent of the youth vote nationally (down from 60 percent to 55 percent),” Brauer pointed out. “In Florida, Democrats’ margin of victory among the young dropped 16 percentage points. In both Ohio and Pennsylvania, the drop was 19 points. In Wisconsin, 20 points.”
Brauer believes that this is indicative of more than a one-time phenomenon, saying “it is much more likely the precipitous drops were due to the more conservative Generation Z being able, for the first time, to express their political inclinations, especially in the economically hard-hit swing states.”
If Prof. Brauer’s findings are correct, it could mean that Republicans will have a much easier time winning the youth vote in coming elections. Prof. Brauer says his work is still unfinished, but hopes to continue collecting data on Gen Z over the coming election cycles to draw more definitive conclusions.
“This generation is different, and they are about to have a profound impact on commerce, politics, and trends,” Brauer said. “If politicians and business leaders aren’t paying attention yet, they better, because they are about to change the world.” (Prof. Brauer)