|Gen Z is souring on Democrats.
Gen Z voters may have helped Democrats thwart the so-called “Red Wave” in November, but surveys of these young voters suggest that they aren’t so sold on the party itself.
For one thing, Gen Z isn’t convinced by the whole idea of party politics. According to a survey from Pew, nearly half of young voters wished there were more political parties with viable candidates.
Furthermore, a survey from the University of Texas-Austin and polling firm CollegePulse found about half of Gen Z college students said they were feeling less positive about the Democratic Party compared to a year ago. Meanwhile, only 12% said they were feeling more positive.
And young voters who lean Democrat have less faith in the future of their party compared to their conservative counterparts.
The bottom line? Democrat Party leaders should be worried. To stay in Gen Z’s good graces, they need to meaningfully address issues that young voters care about, like climate change, civil rights, and, of course, college affordability and student loans.