A new Harvard poll of likely voters between the ages of 18 and 29) drives home what The Reason-Rupe Poll of millennials found this summer: The kids are politically up for grabs.
The national survey of 2,000 millennials found that among likely voters, 51 percent wanted a GOP takeover of the Senate while 47 percent preferred the Dems to keep the reins. In 2010, the respective numbers were 43 percent and 55 percent.
Reason’s poll of millennials was titled “The Politically Unclaimed Generation” precisely because younger voters appeared to be far less partisan than older Americans (this, despite President Obama overwhelmingly winning the youth vote in 2008 and 2012).
Of course they are, for at least two reasons. First, they’re still working out their relationships toward politics, where they came from, and the like. As Emily Ekins and I discussed in our October cover story in Reason, it’s a given among political scientists and sociologists that the decade or your twenties is a time when you search around for your identity.