Attitudes of the Millennial generation

There is a new Pew Report on the attitudes of the Millennial generation–specifically, Americans aged 18-33.  It finds that they are less religious, less patriotic, less married, more liberal, and less trusting than other generations.

For the whole report, go here.

A summary from Reid Wilson, More diverse Millennial generation rewrites traditions:

Millennials’ detachment from traditional institutions stands in stark contrast to earlier generations. Just 26 percent of Millennials were married by the time they turned 32 years old, compared with 36 percent of Generation X, 48 percent of Baby Boomers and 65 percent of the Silent Generation.

Slightly less than three in 10 say they are religiously unaffiliated, compared with 21 percent of Generation Xers, 16 percent of Boomers and just 9 percent of the Silent Generation. And only 36 percent described themselves as religious; majorities of every other generation said they were religious people.

Younger Americans are less likely to call themselves patriotic, too. Just 49 percent of the Millennials surveyed said they would describe themselves as a patriotic person, far below the 64 percent of Generation X, the 75 percent of the Baby Boomers and the 81 percent of the Silent Generation who described themselves that way. . . .

At the same time, the youngest generation is far less trusting of others than their predecessors. Fewer than two in 10 Millennials said most people can be trusted, 10 points below members of Generation X and half the number of Boomers who say they generally trust most people.

And while fully half of Millennials says they are political independents, the younger generation’s views are decidedly more liberal — especially on social issues — than their parents and grandparents. Millennials are more likely to call themselves liberal and less likely to call themselves conservative than older generations.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.


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