Voting by Generation

By Marguerite Ward & Cole Rosengren | May 8, 2015

The 2016 election will magnify differences between all types of voters, especially young voters and older voters. It turns out that voters between the ages of 18 and 29 have significantly different views on several important issues than voters age 65 and older.



Older voters traditionally turn out more than younger votes, but in recent years that has begun to change as younger votes take more of an interest.



The Pew Center for Research conducted a survey of a few thousand registered voters in 2014 in which voters were asked to mark issues they felt were "very important." The results give us some interesting insight into what issues are on young and old voters' minds.