The apparent battle between millennials and baby boomers is still a thing. Mostly it involves exchanging memes and insults on the internet.
Millennials pride themselves on their mastery of computers and the internet, so they truly believe they’re winning. Boomers, on the other hand, enjoy teasing the younguns, so they see it as their own win. In reality, the animosity between these generations is not what it seems.
A lot of people have expended extraordinary resources to convince the world that millennials are all progressives. This simply isn’t true. It is true that young millennials were more liberal in their voting and political support than generations before, but that trend has widely shifted.
Millennials aren’t as young as they used to be, and a changing world has influenced their positions. The majority of millennials are now in their 30s, and their political orientation is doing what you might expect.
The Millennials We Know
Looking back to 10 years ago, millennials were young voters. Even the very oldest of the generation were in their early 20s, and many were primed to vote in their first presidential election.
In the excitement of that youth, they showed great enthusiasm in being able to vote for America’s first black president. If you look at polls and interviews from the time, this was a major part of why they voted for Obama. They wanted to be part of history.
Obama did a great job exploiting that enthusiasm. He set records on young voter margins. He was the only Democrat to win a majority of votes from white Americans under the age of 25 in the 21st century, and he inspired minority voter turnout that we haven’t seen since.
Keep in mind that these numbers applied to his first election. Even by his second term, these numbers all fell.
A Rough 8 Years
Obama then ran the country for eight years. It was a rough stretch. No groups in America really thrived under the leadership of Obama (except for his corrupt staff).
Meanwhile, those young millennial voters graduated college and entered the workforce. They struggled in ways Americans haven’t struggled for close to a hundred years. Jobs were sparse. Pay was worse. And, even while the country worked hard to suppress any dissent towards Obama, the millennials were clearly discouraged.
By the end of Obama’s presidency, 58 percent of millennials disapproved of his job in the White House. That’s a huge turnaround from the record voter turnout he achieved in his first election. When all was said and done, the millennials were disappointed in their choice of president, and they made that clear in a few ways.
One of those was by switching to the Republican Party. As of 2016, 48 percent of white millennials were registered Republicans. For comparison, only 43 percent were registered Democrats. This shift wasn’t limited to racial lines. Among minority groups, Republican registration doubled. Keep in mind that these numbers refer to 2016 polls, before that election took place.
To put it simply, Obama’s failing policy pushed a large number of people towards conservatism. The 2016 election was a referendum on Obama. The younger voters turned away from the Democratic Party, and the mistakes made by millennials were observed and avoided by generation Z.
New Hope Emerges
As great as President Trump has been for our country, he wasn’t entirely elected on his own merit. A large component of his success came from people disliking Obama and, by extension, Hillary Clinton. Regardless, that gave us a chance to see new policy in place, and that policy saw rapid success.
The economic explosion we’ve seen under President Trump is undeniable. Despite media and left-wing extremist attempts to subvert the narrative, Americans are thrilled about the new economy.
The Republican migration that began with Obama’s failures explode with Trump’s successes. The millennials who were told that economic stagnation was the new normal finally have a chance to chase quality careers.
Millennials are finally buying cars and houses and starting the families that were delayed by the recession. These are all common life activities that tend to push people in the conservative direction.
Meanwhile, generation Z is just beginning to enter the job market, and their prospects are the exact opposite of what millennials experienced. That’s why gen Z is the most conservative generation in so long.
There’s a simple lesson here. The liberal narrative is not as powerful as it sometimes feels. They’ve overwhelmed us with the feeling that conservatives are isolated, alone and in a minority. That’s simply not true, and we’re all beginning to notice.
There are now more conservative millennials than liberals. It’s a huge trend shift and it shows that Americans won’t have beliefs dictated to them by a powerful narrative. Instead, we notice the course of our own lives and make our own decisions.
None of this is a call for complacency. Despite the shifting conservatism of millennials, they’re still less conservative than the generations before them. Most of this stems from social issues and the climate-change narrative. That means that a liberal leader could steal those votes back with the right charisma and platform.
But, this also means that millennials aren’t a lost cause. If Republicans can focus on effective policy, they’ll continue to win the millennial vote and the support of subsequent generations.
The next time you feel discouraged by the rise of socialism and insanity in our country, remember that you’re seeing an extremely vocal minority. As long as good people continue to speak up, the silent majority will feel more confident in following their conscience to do what is right.