Millennials Are Liberal but Not Democrats
The Millennial generation is dramatically more liberal than any other generation. On a range of social issues from LGBT rights, marijuana legalization, and immigration reform Millennials are well to the left of the rest of the country.
Most telling is that according to Pew Research they are the only generation where self-identified liberals (31 percent) outnumber conservatives (26 percent). By comparison, in every other generation conservatives have a double digit advantage. Roughly twice as many Baby Boomers call themselves conservative as liberal.
This liberalism, though, is not translating into an alignment with the Democratic party. In recent years Millennials have been moving away from identifying with either major party. Now, 50 percent of Millennials call themselves independents, dramatically higher than any other generation.
Millennials see the Democrats as closer to their positions on the most issues, but they don’t feel they are part of the party or feel much loyalty to it.
If Democrats think they can just rely on young voters because they are unlikely to vote for Republicans, they need to remember what happened in 2010 when young people stayed home.