What Millennials Think About Politics

Reason TV explored these questions on the campus of University of California, Irvine by asking students in the 18-29 age group to talk about their political philosophies, their attitudes towards Democrats and Republicans, their reactions to the word "socialism," and their perspectives on entrepreneurship. Millennials have a distrust of the two-party system and increasingly identify as independents, with 34 percent declining to identify with a political party even when asked if they lean one way or another, a rate three times higher than that of Americans over 30 years old. Ekins says that Millennials speak a different political language than older generations, a language shaped in no small part by major world events like 9/11, the financial crisis, and two wars in the Middle East, all of which occured as this generation came of an age where politics began to matter to them. "We need to be more concrete and specific with the words we use when we talk to young people," says Ekins. "Words like capitalism and socialism, language from the Cold War, post-World War II era is just not going to work, because those words have lost meaning."

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