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The Bush Effect

By the numbers.

In the 2006 mid-term elections for Congress, young people, ages 18-24, voted overwhelmingly for Democrats over Republicans, by a 58%-37% margin, according to national exit polls -- a pattern reflective of a broader Democratic leaning among Gen Nexters compared with earlier Republican-leaning generations. In 2006, 48% of young people identified themselves as Democrats or leaned toward the Democratic Party, while only 35% identified themselves as Republicans – the lowest number recorded by Pew in its nearly 20-year trend. This makes them the least Republican generation. Larger percentages of Gen Xers, Boomers and Seniors identify with the GOP. It is not the case that young people have always been more Democratic. In fact, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, 18-25 year-olds were more Republican than older age groups.