American Millennials Want To Create a 'Millennial Party'

ola olugbemi | December 11, 2017
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American millennials, or those born after 1980, are toying with the idea of creating “millennial political parties" -- a concept that might not be that unrealistic, considering a recent Harvard University Institute of Politics poll showing that they are now the largest voting bloc.

The Washington Examiner reported that while millennials largely favor Democrats in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, they don’t believe that either party represents their interests sufficiently.

The poll also showed that millennials support a blend of traditional liberal and conservative policies, with the Examiner reporting that “[millennials] worry greatly about terrorism and North Korea, but also want gun control and climate change action.”

The poll showed millennials want a style of “community” politics supposedly modeled during Bill Clinton’s two terms as president in the 1990s.

The polling director, John Della Volpe, noted that the movement is still in search of a leader, although the Examiner reported that the “de facto” leader of the movement is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is a self-professed democratic socialist. Della Volpe stated:

I think it’s a potential movement in search of a leader. This leader could be a millennial, but doesn’t have to be a millennial. They just have to be aligned in a way in which millennials think about politics, which is an interesting combination of Democratic and Republican orthodoxy.

Time will tell if the idea takes root in American politics. Until then, examples of a so-called millennial parties are taking off in places like Australia and Indonesia.

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