On The Heels of Millenials, Generation Z Looks to be The most Progressive Ever

"Generational replacement is going to a major hurdle for the GOP and [the Supreme Court]," argued Anthony Michael Kreis, visiting assistant professor of law at Chicago-Kent College - Common DreamsPhoto: Shadia Fayne Wood/Flickr

"This data suggests there is a reason why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets so much heat from conservatives—

Common Dreams, January 17, 2019

"This data suggests there is a reason why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets so much heat from conservatives—she and this new congressional class not only represent the demographic changes that scare some, but she embodies the ideological trends, too."

From their strong belief that humanity played a central role in causing the climate crisis to their overwhelming dislike of President Donald Trump, the young Americans who have been classified as Generation Z—comprised of those between the ages of 13 and 21—could be even more progressive than the slightly older millennial generation, according to a Pew Research Center survey published Thursday.

"Gen Z looks a lot like millennials politically, which is terrible news for Republicans," Acadia University lecturer Jeffrey Sachs wrote in response to Pew's survey, which found that 70 percent of Gen Zers disapprove of Trump, 54 percent believe the planet is warming because of human activity, and 70 percent believe the government should be doing more to solve the nation's problems.

"This data suggests there is a reason why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets so much heat from conservatives—she and this new congressional class not only represent the demographic changes that scare some, but she embodies the ideological trends, too," argued Anthony Michael Kreis, visiting assistant professor of law at Chicago-Kent College.

At 29 years old, the New York Democrat is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

"There's real enthusiasm for diversity and government reform" among Generation Z, Kreis noted.

On top of their progressive climate views, support for racial equality and inclusion, and disdain for Trump, Gen Zers also strongly reject American exceptionalism, with just 14 percent expressing the belief that the United States is "better than all other countries in the world."
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