The Pew Research Center for People and the Press has released a new report on Millennials attitudes, A Portrait of "Generation Next": How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics. They are defining Generation Next to be those born between 1981 and 1988. The data comes from a survey conducted in September 2006 and from data collected in earlier polling. The report includes comparisons with polling of previous generations to show how attitudes are shifting over time.
The uniqueness of this report is the compilation of technology and social software usage data with their views on their lifestyle, politics, religion, and social issues. Some of the findings include:
- 80% talk to their parents daily and 75% see their parents weekly
- 50% have modified their body with a tattoo or piercing
- 20% have little or nothing to do with religion
- 33% pay attention to politics "most of the time"
- 48% identify as Democratic Party and 35% as Republicans
- 40% feel that as a citizen they have a "duty" to vote
- 23% read the newspaper
- 67% feel that immigration is good for the country
- 74% support privatizing Social Security [They obviously didn't loose their 401K when the Internet bubble burst a few years back…]
- 47% support gay marriage