We aren’t born political animals. Figuring out a political belief system is something that takes time, and it’s a process deeply influenced by how our families talk (or don’t talk) about politics; the environments and historical moments in which we grow up; and the information we consume. Teen Vogue surveyed 20 people between ages 16-24 about how they identify politically and why. Here’s what they had to say.
Gen Z Is The Most Progressive — and Least Partisan — Generation
Source: Lauren Young, Teen Vogue, Across the Aisle, October 2, 2019
…..But in the decade since 2008, younger voters across the ideological spectrum have become more liberal and Generation Z is among the most progressive and diverse in the country’s history. On issues like sexism, racism, homophobia, and bigotry, research suggests that Generation Z has adapted a worldview that embraces more diverse viewpoints. As the country gears up for the 2020 elections, this shift by the Gen Z voters who, along with millennials, outvoted older generations in both the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterms, would seem to be a definitive boost for Democrats. But there is another important way Gen Z is setting themselves apart from previous generations and making their mark on 2020.
According to a Pew Research Center report prior to the 2016 election, 50% of young adults self-identified as political independents, although they were much more likely than older generations to hold liberal views on a variety of social and political issues. A poll conducted by the nonpartisan Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) among voters ages 18–24 shortly before the 2018 midterms found that while 56.4% of young people “chose to affiliate with” either the Democratic or Republican political parties, one-third, or 33.1%, identified as Independents — nearly as many as the 35.5% of young people who identified as Democrats and significantly more than the 20.9% who identified as Republicans…..
Tired of Two Parties? Here Are Seven Alternatives
Libertarians and Working Families and Prohibition, Oh My!
Source: Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, Across the Aisle, October 2, 2019
The reality is that even though the donkey and elephant are the two major players, there are dozens of political parties throughout the country — from the Green Party to more obscure alternatives like the Mountain Party.
What may keep them from the spotlight shone on the two major political parties? Money, infrastructure, and access to the ballot.