by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Super young voters, those 22 and under known as Generation Z, are offering Republicans a chance to claim some of the youth vote lost when millennials fell hard for former President Barack Obama.
Three new reports and surveys provided by the moderate Republican Ripon Society in its Ripon Forum find that Generation Z, while liberal on social issues, are conservative about money, scarred by the Great Recession under which they grew up.
Keystone College political professor Jeffrey Brauer found that 78 percent identify with liberals on social issues, but a larger 83 percent identify as moderate to conservative on money issues.
And, he said, in 2016, their first presidential election, they helped dilute the youth vote for Hillary Clinton by 7 points from what President Obama received in 2012.
Swing state changes from 2012 to 2016 were more dramatic — and impactful. “In Florida, the Democratic margin of victory for the youth vote from 2012 to 2016 dropped 16 points. In both Ohio and Pennsylvania, the drop was 19 points. In Wisconsin, it was 20 points. These dramatic declines helped give Republican Donald Trump a win in each of these states, pushing him over the top in the Electoral College,” he found.