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Generation X Politics In the Year 2012

According to a new study by Pew Research, Generation X is divided over the 2012 candidates for president. National Public Radio aired a story about it yesterday. Here is an excerpt:

“…A majority of Generation Xers have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. Most are also disappointed with President Obama…The Pew survey finds an even split in Gen X support for President Obama and Mitt Romney. Those on either side, though, say they’re waiting to be impressed.”

Generation X Politics

Back in 2009, I published a post, Gen X Not Disengaged in Civic Affairs, Politics After All. Generation X has long been accused of political apathy, but as it turns out, in the 2008 presidential election, Generation Y was the generation trailing all the others in voter turnout. I doubt that will be the case this time. I think we’ll see record turnout in the 2012 election among Millennials.

According to Pete Peterson, Gen X is actually skeptical, not apathetic. I thought that was brilliant. Here is an excerpt:

Pity Generation X, the Americans born between 1965 and 1981 who have been described for years as “apathetic,” “cynical,” and “disengaged.” The greatness of the Greatest Generation is clear in its very name. Much laudatory ink has been spilled on the Baby Boomers—usually by Boomers themselves. As for the “Millennials,” those born between 1982 and 1998, the quantity of reportage lauding their public-spiritedness has quickly become tiresome. But a new report casts doubt on the widely accepted stereotype of Gen Xers as inferior to these other groups.

What’s your opinion on Generation X and politics?

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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