While the headlines point to the stunning black Democratic vote support for Doug Jones last night?
Something else also happened….
Doug Jones, the Democrat?
Carried a good amount of the young Republicans in a Red State….
Young Republicans who remain have largely embraced Trump-style Republicanism — but they also look increasingly unlike their nonpartisan peers.
The Republican Party’s struggles with young voters have existed for the past decade. After running nearly even with young voters in the 2000 election and losing them by a relatively modest margin in the 2004 election, Republicans have since then earned pitifully low shares of the youth vote.
Many once-Republican young people left the party, and many young people who might have considered themselves Republicans in the past are simply electing to stay independent. In the most recent Harvard Institute of Politics poll of Americans under 30, only 22 percent identified as Republican. The largest affiliation category was independent, at 39 percent. Research by NBC has confirmed that young voters increasingly see no need to identify with either party and are unsure if either one — but again, especially the Republican Party — cares about them. Only 6 percent of millennials in the NBC study said that they strongly approved of the job President Trump is doing (and 46 percent strongly disapproved).
In the Trump era, young voters may be walking away from the parties themselves, but they are voting quite like Democrats. (The Virginia governor’s race is an excellent example.)
Many Republicans are not terribly concerned about this issue. They point to strong support for Mr. Trump among young Republicans to suggest that all is well, ignoring that the remaining young Republicans are light-years away from their peers these days in terms of political attitudes.
It is true that young Republicans who have stayed in the party are mostly in favor of the president: The Harvard poll found that 66 percent of them approved of the job Mr. Trump was doing. That’s lower than the president’s approval among Republicans over all, but it’s still a significant majority….Share on Facebook