Gallup: Young Americans’ affinity for Democratic party has grown

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Young adults — those between the ages of 18 and 29 — have typically aligned themselves with the Democratic Party, but they have become substantially more likely to do so since 2006. … Since 2006, the average gap in favor of the Democratic Party among young adults has been 18 percentage points, 54% to 36%. This Democratic movement among the young has come at a time when senior citizens have become more Republican. … A major reason young adults are increasingly likely to prefer the Democratic Party is that today’s young adults are more racially and ethnically diverse …

Gallup estimates that 54% of 18- to 29-year-olds are non-Hispanic white and 45% nonwhite, compared with 71% non-Hispanic white and 29% nonwhite in 1995 … [Y]oung white adults, who previously aligned more with the Republican Party, have shifted Democratic. … Young whites first shifted to a pro-Democratic position in 2006 … [T]he GOP may find itself in an increasingly weak position … unless it can broaden its appeal to younger and nonwhite Americans.

 Via Mike Allen’s POLITICO Playbook.

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