February 18, 2009
CIRCLE Director Peter Levine, along with Constance Flanagan and Les Gallay of Penn State University, authored a new report “The Millennial Pendulum: A New Generation of Voters and the Prospects for a Political Realignment.” The report was funded by the New American Foundation and was officially announced at an event on February 18, 2009 in Washington DC. The report finds that the Millennials (born after 1982) are starting their adult lives much more progressive on economic issues than any generation from the early 1960s to today. The historical analysis shows that each generation has held a fairly stable attitude toward economic issues that has remained durable even as major economic and political events have occurred. Each generation has grown somewhat more conservative as its members have moved through life. But the Millennials are starting to the left of previous generations and are therefore likely to move the country leftward for decades to come. To download the report, please visit The New America Foundation Web site. C-SPAN II broadcast the release event. You can watch the video.
An important study of the Millennials’ political shift is by Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais, Millennial Makeover (paperback edition March 2009).