The Sweep: The Gender Gap Takes Off Under 30
Plus: Why the economy will be the driving issue in November.
The gender gap may seem like headline news when we look at election results, but break it down by generation and it jumps off the page. As pollster Daniel Cox put it, “young women have become significantly more liberal over the past decade whereas the political identity of young men has remained largely unchanged over time.” Politics is almost certainly the tail, here, and not the dog. Women outnumber men in college—enrolling six women for every four men. Women are more likely to identity as LGBTQ—“only 56 percent of young women are exclusively attracted to men, compared to three-quarters of young men who say they are only attracted to women.” Young women are less likely to get married or to affiliate with any religion. Politics is just one piece of the puzzle, but watch this cohort as they enter the age of higher voter turnout.