To be sure, Millennials remain the most likely of any generation to self-identify as liberals; they are less supportive than their elders of an assertive national security policy and more supportive of a progressive domestic social agenda.They are still more likely than any other age group to identify as Democrats.() Politically, Millennials were among Barack Obama’s strongest supporters in 2008, backing him for president by more than a two-to-one ratio (66% to 32%) while older adults were giving just 50% of their votes to the Democratic nominee.This was the largest disparity between younger and older voters recorded in four decades of modern election day exit polling.More so than other generations, they believe government should do more to solve problems. They are the least overtly religious American generation in modern times.One-in-four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.Their entry into careers and first jobs has been badly set back by the Great Recession, but they are more upbeat than their elders about their own economic futures as well as about the overall state of the nation.) They embrace multiple modes of self-expression.
We estimate that, in 2006, more than a third of 18 to 29 year old women who gave birth were unmarried.() Only about six-in-ten were raised by both parents — a smaller share than was the case with older generations.In weighing their own life priorities, Millennials (like older adults) place parenthood and marriage far above career and financial success. Just one-in-five Millennials (21%) are married now, half the share of their parents’ generation at the same stage of life.Despite coming of age at a time when the United States has been waging two wars, relatively few Millennials-just 2% of males-are military veterans.At a comparable stage of their life cycle, 6% of Gen Xer men, 13% of Baby Boomer men and 24% of Silent men were veterans.