Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Generation Z

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Young People Mistrust the Media Wall Street and Big Tech by Huge Margins

Young people mistrust Wall Street, the media, Facebook and Twitter by a margin of well over three to one. A new Harvard Institute of Politics...
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The GOP is Risking Gains with Young Voters by Reverting to a Neo-con Warmongering...

It’s been a week since President Trump’s reelection prospects were significantly diminished due in large part to apparent multi-state technical ‘glitches’ that miraculously seem...
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Trump’s Gains with Minorities and Young Americans are a Bright Light for Conservativism

The presidential election was thrust into chaos last Tuesday night after the mainstream media refused to call four delegate-rich states – Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan...
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Of Course the Environment Matters but The Left Just Wants to Punish America

Last week, Market Research Foundation shared our findings on Generation Z’s populist identity and bipartisan support for America First approaches to immigration, foreign policy,...
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Independents, Libertarians, or Populists? Young Americans Appear to be all Three

The Democrat Party hasn’t learned much from the election of President Trump. Rather than face the neglect millions of Americans suffered at the exploitative...
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New Poll: Economy is Now the First Priority for Young Voters

The latest Harvard Youth Poll shows the economy is now the first priority for voters 18 to 29, up from fifth place in March....
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Can Trump Add First Time Millennial and Gen Z Voters Too?

Last week, Market Research Foundation analyzed the significant impact Non-college Whites could have this November if President Trump continues to add new voters to...
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Yes Kamala Harris Called Young Americans Stupid as Audience Laughed

In a recently unearthed video clip from 2015, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Senator Kamala Harris is caught on tape calling young Americans “stupid”. “What...
Millennials have been the focus of the “youth” vote for over a decade now.  However, the upper end of this generation is now in their late-30s and a new youth cohort is coming onto the scene.  This new generation, Generation Z, will play a huge, if not defining role in the 2020 and 2024 elections and significant research is needed to understand who they are, what motivates them and how to reach them with messaging.

Why Focus on Generation Z?

Generation Z, currently defined as those born after 1995 (with a lower cutoff yet to be determined) outnumber every other living age cohort in the nation at 26% of the population. For years, analysts, pundits, and political parties have lumped Generation Z in with its immediate predecessor, Millennials. For a while, conservatives have attempted to bring younger voters into the party, with poor results, and largely now concede these votes to the left. Democrats have capitalized on the Millennial vote and support – former President Obama won 60 percent of the millennial vote in 2012. However, in recent years the Democratic party’s stronghold on younger voters has been slipping, and preliminary research indicates this is a result of the youngest voters – Generation Z.  In 2016, Generation Z’s first Presidential election, Hillary Clinton underperformed Obama’s 2012 numbers among young voters by 7 points.  If conservatives want to be successful in elections through the next generation, they must understand Generation Z and capitalize on the potential that exists with this group of young potential voters.

New Research

Market Research Foundation conducted an online study of n=1,501 members of Generation Z between the ages of 13 and 23, the members of the generation old enough to be aware of political and cultural news and trends. The 15-minute survey covered a variety of political and civic attitudes and in-depth demographics. The total sample is representative of the United States population aged 13-23 on age, gender, race and region.  Data was collected from February 19 – March 3, 2019.