Presentation Title

Millennial Political Culture and the 2016 United States Presidential Election

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Watkins 2240

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

The 2016 United States Presidential Election will be the first time that the entire Millennial generation, ages 35 to 18, will be eligible to vote. In order to understand how the Millennials are going to vote and why, I analyzed the society they were raised in and the impact it had on their socialization. Political scientists use generational groupings to facilitate their understanding of the differences between the preferences of voters. Culture and history have a profound impact on the development of an individual’s values. Because individuals born in the same period experience similar events, there is a tendency for them to also share political ideologies or beliefs. Millennials are new to the responsibility of voting therefore they do not have a voting history that political scientists can use to predict their vote. In this study, I analyzed the factors that shaped the political ideology of the Millennial generation. From dramatic technological advancement to the diversification of America, there are various elements that have impacted the way Millennials think politically. I conclude that the shared environment that the Millennial generation grew up in can explain their support of Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary election and predict their vote for Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the upcoming general election.

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Millennial Political Culture and the 2016 United States Presidential Election

Watkins 2240

The 2016 United States Presidential Election will be the first time that the entire Millennial generation, ages 35 to 18, will be eligible to vote. In order to understand how the Millennials are going to vote and why, I analyzed the society they were raised in and the impact it had on their socialization. Political scientists use generational groupings to facilitate their understanding of the differences between the preferences of voters. Culture and history have a profound impact on the development of an individual’s values. Because individuals born in the same period experience similar events, there is a tendency for them to also share political ideologies or beliefs. Millennials are new to the responsibility of voting therefore they do not have a voting history that political scientists can use to predict their vote. In this study, I analyzed the factors that shaped the political ideology of the Millennial generation. From dramatic technological advancement to the diversification of America, there are various elements that have impacted the way Millennials think politically. I conclude that the shared environment that the Millennial generation grew up in can explain their support of Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary election and predict their vote for Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the upcoming general election.