A majority of Millennials are Independents who don’t really identify with either the Republican or Democratic parties. Only 31 percent of those under the age of 35 believe there is much difference between Republicans and Democrats, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
Most Independents and Millennials think politics is
a rigged game controlled by the two parties and
moneyed special interests and largely not worth
their attention. They are extremely skeptical and
mistrustful of the political process, and doubt that politics is the way to make important changes happen and solve problems.
A recent study by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that 80 percent of young adults do not consider themselves to be politically engaged and only 18 percent believe the way to address important issues is through the political system.
A third of Millennials believe members of Congress represent themselves more than anyone else; 27 percent think campaign donors come first with politicians; 25 percent say politicians prioritize party interests; and only 10 percent believe members of Congress put the interests of their constituents first.
But Millennials do care about this country and change. Almost 90 percent of those under age 35 gave a financial gift to a nonprofit organization last year.
Millennials represent a major voting bloc and potential major force in American politics. There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34.
In the 2012 presidential election, voters under the age of 30 comprised 19 percent of the vote – the largest bloc of voters. That’s a bigger percentage than those over the age of 65 who were just 16 percent of the voters.
Millennials will be affected by today’s government
policies for the next fifty years which is why it is
so vitally important to get involved. There is no
U.S. senator under 35 and not a single member
of Congress under the age of 30.
Legend says when bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he reportedly answered “because that’s where the money is.”
It’s the same thing for the political system—it’s where
the big money and power is centered. Why else would
$4 billion have been spent on the midterm election?
If you care about this country and want to see change you’ve also got to care about politics.
Millennials have the numbers and if they would organize to make their voices heard, they could force significant political changes.
Independent Americans United will help give
Millennials a voice and a way to change the
system through their collective power.
Millennials can change the system!
Here's what you can do.
"Most Millennials think politics is a rigged game not worth their attention."
"Only 10 percent of Millennials believe members of Congress put their constituents’ interests first."
"Millennials do care about this country and change."
"It is vitally important to get involved."
"Government is where the money and power is."
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