The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has released a 105-page report, The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election: Angry Silents, Disengaged Millennials.
The report indicates the biggest divider among voters in the upcoming election is not race, religion or class, but generation. It includes 110 infographics illustrating answers to questions about several hot issues including China, Afghanistan, Iraq, abortion, capital punishment, energy policy, environmental policy, gay marriage, religion and civil liberties.
Also, according to the report, based on exit polls, younger people have voted substantially more Democratic than other age groups while older voters have voted more Republican.
I took a quick peek at all 110 of them and have posted some of the ones that interested me the most.
The majority of Gen Xers voted Democrat in four of the five previous election seasons.
Gen Xers make up 26 percent of registered voters. Gen Y makes up 17 percent, for a combined total of 42 percent. Baby Boomers make up 37 percent of registered voters and the Silent Generation accounts for 17 percent.
For Gen Xers, Clinton did the best job.
Are you there, church? It’s me, generation. I go to church almost every Sunday, but I totally get why someone would never want to go.
For Gen Xers, the most important issue is jobs.
This seems like a wide gap between Gen Xers and Gen Y to me.
I need someone to explain this next one to me.
If you support the theory of generational cycles explained in Neil Howe’s Fourth Turning, then this next infographic makes complete sense. Generations X and Y remain hopeful about the future. According to Howe, Gen Xers will experience their high in old age.
Retirement? What’s that?
This totally sucks especially since Gen Xers parent more than 50 percent of the kids in this nation under 18.
The majority of Gen Xers believe Social Security and Medicare have been good for the country.
This next infographic surprised me the most. Gen Xers ranked higher than both Boomers and Silents in their belief that government should look out for older people.
Here’s a question on 9/11 that makes an important distinction between Gen Y and the other three generations. They report not being as emotionally impacted by the attack as the rest of us. This is probably because they were still pretty young.