In the 2020 elections in the United States, generation Z voters born after 1996 were added, accounting for 10% of eligible voters. As more and more people reach the voting age, their political influence will continue to grow steadily in the coming years.
Washington, DC (Merxwire) – The Pew Research Center points out that a new generation of Americans will account for one-tenth of the eligible voters in the 2020 election. These voters were born after 1996 and are defined as Generation Z (Gen Z for short) voters. Most of this generation are not yet old enough to vote, but about 24 million of them will have the opportunity to vote in November. As more and more people reach the voting age, their political influence will continue to grow steadily in the coming years. With COVID-19 reshaping the country’s social, political and economic landscape, everything has changed now, making the future of Generation Z full of uncertainty.
There are signs that the oldest Gen Zers have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. A survey in March 2020 pointed out that in the oldest Gen Zers (18 to 23 years old), someone in half of the households was unemployed or reduced their salary due to a new coronary pneumonia outbreak. This proportion is significantly higher than that of millennials (40%), generation X (36%) and baby boomers (25%). Obviously, unemployment will have the most severe impact on Gen Z.
The members of Gen Z are more diverse in race and ethnicity than any previous generation and are well educated. They live on digital generations, but they have similar views on key social and policy issues as millennials. A Pew Research Center survey of Americans 13 and older in the fall of 2018 (more than a year before the coronavirus outbreak) found that similar to millennials, Gen Zers is a progressive and pro Most of the government believes that the country ’s racial and ethnic diversity is growing and that diversity is a good development.
Gen Z represents the country ’s leading edge in increasing racial and ethnic diversity. A bare majority (52%) are non-Hispanic whites – significantly smaller than the share of Millennials who were non-Hispanic white in 2002 (61%) in 2002. One-in-four members of Gen Z are Hispanic, with 14% black, 6% Asian, and 5% other races. Although the number of immigrants flowing into the United States has decreased in recent years, new immigrants will join Generation Z in the next few years.