By: Norman Woods
The term “millennial” has become a buzz-word lately, and you don’t have to look very far to find someone talking about or analyzing this age-group of people. Scroll through the websites of any of the major news sources and you’re sure to see an article about millennials.
What they think. What they want. What they’re doing. What they like.
Read any article covering an LGBT rally or protest, and the accompanying picture will probably be a crowd of 20-somethings. Because of this, and the fact that everyone under 40 years old has lumped into the “Millennial” category, we are painted the picture that almost every young person in America leans left, and that being conservative is “on its way out.”
But is this the case?
Here are a couple interesting findings that may suggest otherwise.
First, millennials are on an entrepreneurial fast-track. Some are even calling them the most entrepreneurial generation ever, thanks to recent findings in America’s SBDC report. What does this mean? It means that millennials may not be as entitled as we are led to believe, and also that they will soon have significant experience in the world of taxes, wages, and the free market. Why is that important? Because 67% of small business owners “regularly vote Republican,” whereas only 25% “regularly vote Democrat” according to a 2016 NSBA study.
Second, people aren’t talking much about Generation Z yet, (those born after 2000) which is showing signs of being a very conservative generation.
“A survey of almost 2,000 UK adults finds that on issues such as same-sex marriage, transgender rights and marijuana legalisation, 59% of Gen Z respondents describe their attitudes as being between ‘conservative’ and ‘moderate’. By contrast, 83% of millennials … state that they are ‘quite’ or ‘very liberal’ on such issues.” -MarketingWeek
Dailymail even suggests that Generation Z may be the most socially conservative generation since WII!
Do these figures guarantee a major shift towards the things we believe in? Maybe, maybe not. But they definitely call into the question the claims that conservative views are old and on the way out.