Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come.”
One reason Victor Davis Hanson, historian and senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, gave for the Republican collapse in the November 2022 midterms was their total misunderstanding of the Young Voter.
“Biden goaded young people to vote by canceling half a trillion dollars of student loan debt. He told young women that they would die without unlimited abortions. Republicans wrongly assumed all voters cared most about spiking inflation, unaffordable food and fuel, an open border and a disastrous foreign policy.”
What is a “Young Voter”? While Millennials (ages 26-41) just passed Baby Boomers (ages 58-76) as the largest group in America (over 72 million), Generation Z (ages 10-25) now is nearly 69 million. Since the voting age is 18, that means many Gen Z’ers were eligible to vote in the midterms. What happened?
CIRCLE (Tuft University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) gave statistics on the midterm voting. Young Voters (ages 18-29), mainly Gen Z’ers, had one of their highest turnouts ever (27%), shaping results across the country. Their votes were 12% of all votes in the midterms.
How did Gen Z’ers and Millennials vote? They overwhelmingly favored Democrats. Across America, young voters (age 18-29) are the only age group where a strong majority supported Democrats (62% to 35%).
Voters ages 30-44 split their votes 51%-47% between Democrats and Republicans, while older voters over 45 (Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers) favored Republicans. Democrats focused on the Young Voter.
When it comes to ethnicity, this trend continued. Black Gen Z’ers and Millennials overwhelmingly voted for Democrats 89% to 9%. Latino youth voted for Democrats 68% to 30%. White youth, who in 2020 voted Republican by a 10-point margin, this time in 2022 favored Democrats 58% to 40%.
In those very tight swing states, the Gen Z and Millennial votes decided the election. For example, in the Pennsylvania Senate race, Democrat John Fetterman won by only 3%, but it was the young vote that made the difference. Ages 18-29 voted 70% to 28% for Fetterman. Ages 30-44 voted 55% to 42% for Fetterman.
In the even tighter Georgia Senate race, which went to a runoff, once again the young vote made the difference. Ages 18-29 voted for Democrat Warnock 63% to 34%. Ages 30-44 voted Warnock 56% to 41%.
Abortion was the #1 issue for Gen Z and Millennials. 80% wanting legalized abortion voted Democrat, while 89% wanting abortion illegal voted Republican. CIRCLE’s statistics validated Hanson’s assessment. Republicans completely misread Gen Z and Millennial demands: abortion rights and debt forgiveness.
In our weekly articles we have proven that a baby in the womb is a human being, so to abort a baby in the womb for the overwhelming reason of personal convenience is to choose a child’s death in favor of personal rights. We have also discussed personal responsibility to pay off a loan you promised to pay. Both are biblical principles. How is it that our youngest voters seem oblivious to biblical truth?
Ryan P. Burge, Political Science Professor at Eastern Illinois University, has analyzed the 2021 religious worldview landscape in America: “In the Silent Generation (over age 77), half the respondents claimed to be Protestant, while 22% claimed Catholic. Only 8% said they were atheists or agnostics and only 10% as ‘nothing in particular’. These oldest Americans are 72% Christian and 18% none.
But for Gen Z, only 22% claim to be Protestant. That’s a decline of over 50% from the Silents. 17% of Gen Z claim to be atheist or agnostic, and 31% say they have no religion. Overall, 36% of Gen Z are Christians, while 48% are nones. They are the first generation in history where the nones outnumber the Christians.”
Today’s Democratic Party overwhelmingly opposes biblical values: abortion on demand for any reason, America’s systemic racism, disdain for the traditional, biblical family structure, same-sex marriage, gender subjective identity and government-mandated school curriculum. Can we not see the direct correlation between our young adult’s lack of biblical instruction and their midterm voting for the Democratic Party?
The only remedy to our youngest generation’s rejection of God is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As our verse this week says, the time to know God is when you are young, before you make terrible mistakes with consequences that last forever. God loves Gen Z’ers and Millennials. We as Christians must teach them.
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