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Report: Under 30 Voters Still Leaning Left

By    |   Tuesday, 24 October 2023 01:26 PM EDT

A new report from ABC News said that voters under the age of 30 are still trending left, as they have in the last several election cycles. Moreover, they are remaining to the left as they age.

The report said that data from several Cooperative Election Study surveys undertaken by Harvard University show that younger voters who helped get former President Barack Obama elected in 2008, helped push President Joe Biden over the finish line in 2020, and helped Democrats perform better than expected in the 2022 midterm elections, appear to be staying liberal as they grow older.

According to the report, the Harvard studies in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles each surveyed some 60,000 Americans and found that their views were more liberal than those of the general electorate on issues including the environment, abortion, and immigration.

In both those election cycles these younger voters comprised about 21% of the total electorate. They appear to be much more diverse than their age cohort predecessors, with more of them likely to be Black, Hispanic, or Asian and together making up a large slice of the Democratic base.

According to the report, voters aged 18 to 29 are more likely than the general electorate to support Environmental Protection Agency limits on carbon dioxide emissions, raising cars' fuel efficiency, more strictly enforcing clean air and water laws even if it costs jobs, and requiring states to use a minimum amount of renewable energy, in order to battle climate change.

This age range of voters is also more “pro choice” when it comes to abortion, with 64% believing it is always a matter of choice for the woman. They are also less likely to support laws that prohibit abortions beyond 20 weeks, prohibitions on federal funding of abortions, or allowing employers to deny coverage in the insurance plans they offer.

On the issue of immigration and the southern border, this cohort of voters overwhelmingly support providing a path to citizenship for illegal migrants who enter the country and work and pay taxes for at least three years without being convicted of a felony, the report said.

They are not as supportive of putting more border agents on patrol, withholding federal money from local police departments that refuse to disclose immigration statuses to federal officials, or using a lottery system to cut legal immigration and end the practice of family migration.

"In addition to climate change, abortion rights is probably the second most important determinant in who I end up voting for in 2024," Kelly Jacobs, a 27-year-old graduate student studying energy and environmental policy who lives in Delaware, told ABC News. "I'm definitely more progressive in my thinking compared to the older folks I've interacted with."

Charles Kim

Charles Kim, a Newsmax general assignment writer, is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in reporting on news and politics.

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A new report from ABC News said that voters under the age of 30 are still trending left, as they have in the last several election cycles. Moreover, they are remaining to the left as they age. The report said that data from several Cooperative Election Study surveys...
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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 01:26 PM
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