GenZ and the GOP - prepare for GovCo growth

Move over Millennials... GenZ is coming! And their views on political and social issues may spell trouble for the Republican Party.

From Pew:

No longer the new kids on the block, Millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. Generation Z – diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet – is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes and an openness to emerging social trends.

On a range of issues, from Donald Trump’s presidency to the role of government to racial equality and climate change, the views of Gen Z – those ages 13 to 21 in 2018 – mirror those of Millennials.1 In each of these realms, the two younger generations hold views that differ significantly from those of their older counterparts. In most cases, members of the Silent Generation are at the opposite end, and Baby Boomers and Gen Xers fall in between.2

Credit where it's due - the left has spent the better part of a century spreading its message of benevolent government via the American education system, and it is ready to bear fruit.

[W]hile majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government.

Some other notable differences:

When it comes to views on race, the two younger generations are more likely than older generations to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the United States today. And they are much more likely than their elders to approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest.

The younger generations are also more accepting of some of the ways in which American society is changing. Majorities among Gen Z and the Millennial generation say increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is a good thing for society, while older generations are less convinced of this. And they’re more likely to have a positive view of interracial and same-sex marriage than their older counterparts.

Also from Pew:

A majority of Americans believe the news media do not understand people like them, and this feeling is especially common among Republicans, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

Overall, 58% of U.S. adults feel the news media do not understand people like them, while 40% feel they are understood, as reported in a recent Pew Research Center study.

Pete's Prep: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

  • NC House Speaker Tim Moore's office celebrates more economic growth in the state after GOP-led reforms has led to another projected budget surplus and "solid growth in both employment and wages.”

  • A Bladen County, NC woman who voted an absentee ballot last November did not have her vote counted. According to WBTV, she voted at the Board of Elections on Election Day.

  • Did you hear the one about the guy who used a flamethrower to clear the snow off his driveway?

  • Accordingto to Legal Insurrection: Durham affirms it's support for "a vile initiative that aims to exploit preexisting and unrelated  domestic racial tensions in the U.S. to stoke hatred between Jews and other minorities, especially blacks, all in the service of building Jewish Voice for Peace’s virulently anti-Israel agenda."

  • Also, check out The Federalist's piece on Tamika Mallory, co-president and founder of the Women’s March, refusal to say Israel has a right to exist. Mallory is the keynote speaker at UNC-Asheville's MLK Week.

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