It’s no secret that millennials largely despise the Republican Party. We have lived entire lives watching people like Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush, and an army of unhinged talk radio define conservatism as reactionary, hyper-corporatist and racist, and we want none of it. Well, not all of us, the canary in the coal mine is that white millennials don’t really deviate much from their forefathers’ racist mindsets. The racial breakdown of these questions both indicates how strong a vice grip white supremacy still has on our generation, as well as the diversity of it. The reason why strong majorities of millennials reject the GOP is because non-white millennials almost unanimously disapprove of the Republican Party.
This may be why you’re seeing so many Republicans forgoing another term in Congress. We are the largest generation in history, and the writing is on the wall for America’s biggest cheerleader of white supremacy and corporate oligarchy—two issues that animate our generation as much as anything else. Unless they adapt or go full-draconian on restricting the right to vote (which is a real possibility that we should all take very seriously), this iteration of the GOP is dead. It has no future in this country. Here are 13 reasons why from a NBC News/GenForward survey of 1,844 adults aged 18 to 34, with the racial breakdown of each question included for additional context.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.