Millennial Optimism Will Reshape the Political Arena
Alan Eyzaguirre writes about the growing millennial voice in our country for Medium. Read for more on our #ErinForUs campaign as well as just how much OUR generation has the ability to change the future...
Edelman recently published their annual Trust Barometer Report, a global study of public opinion. The report found that “we are witnessing a widening gap in trust in government between the ‘informed public’ and the ‘general population’ in the United States. The majority of Americans (61 percent of the general public) simply don’t trust the government to do what is right. Not only is this gap significant, it’s accelerating: over the past three years.”The report also found that it matters less “whether or not a candidate has a concrete plan to address their issues appears less important than believing someone understands them as individuals.” As the report summarizes, “perhaps [this trend provides] insight into the popularity of candidates who voice the general population’s concerns and fears in ways that don’t sound like a politician.”Though this trend and observation describes the presidential candidate that cannot be mentioned, the trend can also serve millennial candidates. One of Erin’s appeals is her unabashed ‘truth-speaking’ with regards to issues facing California including the environment, jobs, and governmental transparency.What is also interesting is the space between the planks in her platform. That is, her optimism enables her to gleam over what hardened Boomers and GenX’ers have already learned the hard way—don’t challenge the system. Given that millennials are the hardest hit with unemployment in America, they should have the room to imagine new and constructive ways to help their ailing situation.
Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France. e-architect.co.uk
The Trust Barometer report continues, “Influence now rests among the broader population, who talk to each other on social media and use search to access information.” As previously noted, the Internet does not have an inherent moral compass that filters unfounded claims or sensationalism. Yet, the open structure of the Internet also allows for grass-root movements to start, rise, and find cohesion.
Pew Research reported in May 2016 that “Millennials, who already have surpassed Baby Boomers as the United States’ largest living generation, now have caught up to the Boomers when it comes to their share of the American electorate.” However, Pew Research also warns that “as a result of their relatively low turnout [in 2008], they were only 14% of those who said they actually voted.