September 29, 2022

The most popular political party of each generation

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Some people claim that we become more politically conservative as we age – it’s a common enough refrain that research papers are written on the subject.

But recent data suggests that while this may be true for some generations, it is not for others. And this data comes from a longtime expert on political polls: Gallup.

After surveying more than 6,000 adults in the United States, Gallup identified trends in political identification for each generation, from the Silent Generation to Millennials, as well as the current political identification of adult members of the youngest cohort, Generation Z.

Here’s a look at each generation’s current political position and how it has changed over time.

silent generation

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Gallup defined members of the silent generation as people born between 1928 and 1945.

Here’s the breakdown of how they identify politically in 2022 (and how it compares to 1992):

  1. Republican: 39% (compared to 30% three decades ago)
  2. Democrat: 35% (the same as three decades ago)
  3. Independent: 26% (compared to 35% three decades ago)

Baby boom generation

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Gallup defined baby boomers as those born between 1946 and 1964.

Here’s the breakdown of how they identify politically in 2022 (and how it compares to 1992):

  1. Republican: 35% (compared to 29% three decades ago)
  2. Democrat: 32% (compared to 31% three decades ago)
  3. Independent: 33% (compared to 40% three decades ago)

Generation X

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Gallup defined Gen Xers as people born between 1965 and 1980.

Here’s the breakdown of how they identify politically in 2022 (and how it compares to 1992):

  1. Republican: 30% (against 32% three decades ago)
  2. Democrat: 27% (compared to 24% three decades ago)
  3. Independent: 44% (the same as three decades ago)

millennial generation

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Gallup defined millennials as people born between 1981 and 1996.

Here’s the breakdown of how they identify politically in 2022 (and how it compares to 2002):

  1. Republican: 21% (compared to 27% two decades ago)
  2. Democrat: 27% (compared to 31% two decades ago)
  3. Independent: 52% (compared to 42% two decades ago)

Generation Z

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Gallup defined Gen Z as those born between 1997 and 2012.

Here is the breakdown of how they identify politically in 2022:

  1. Republican: 17%
  2. Democrat: 31%
  3. Independent: 52%

This group is too young to be compared to the party identification of previous decades. However, Gallup says:

“The youngest adults, those of Generation Z, are as likely as millennials to consider themselves independent. In fact, like millennials, they describe themselves more that way than identify with either political party.

It’s too early to tell if this means Gen Z will follow the millennial model.

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