Young People Lean Democrat, Less Trusting of Others, Study Says

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We already know that young people are generally more liberal than their counterparts from older generations, but a new study by the Pew Research Center gives a more nuanced portrait of how millennials vote and what they care about.

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Here are nine charts that tell the story:

1. Millennials disavow the traditional two-party label.

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2. But they lean toward Democrat candidates when forced to choose.

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3. In the past decade, young people have increasingly voted for Democrats.

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4. That makes sense, since millennials are liberal on issues like immigration.

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5. And gay marriage.

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6. But young people blend in with the rest of the population when it comes to controversial issues like abortion and gun rights.

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7. And they’re relatively apathetic when it comes to the environment.

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8. The report gives some insight into how whites and non-whites viewed two hot-button topics, marijuana legalization and gay marriage. For the most part, age meant more than race.

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9. Or maybe we just want to forget all this politics stuff, grab a shotgun and head out to a cabin somewhere. Millennials don’t have much trust in anyone.

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Ted Hesson was formerly the immigration editor at Fusion, covering the issue from Washington, D.C. He also writes about drug laws and (occasionally) baseball. On the side: guitars, urban biking, and fiction.

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