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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What America Thinks: The Voter Generation Gap

When it comes to hot-button issues facing the nation, does age matter? We decided to find out what America thinks.

The short answer is yes. On major current events issues like LGBT issues and health care, younger voters and older voters have differing opinions. Take same-sex marriage, for instance. Two-thirds of voters under 40 agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, compared to just 44% of 40-64 year olds and 36% of voters over 65. Younger voters were already stronger supporters of gay marriage and are more likely to view marriage in general as a civil, rather than religious, institution.

They’re also generally more accepting of gay and lesbian soldiers and women in the military than their elders are. The Pentagon just announced that transgender individuals will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, and voters under 40 are more on board with that, too.

Younger voters like Obamacare better, too: 52% of voters under 40 have a favorable opinion of the national health care law, compared to 43% of middle-aged voters and 38% over 65. Few across the board consider the new health care law a success so far, but those under 40 are less likely to think it’s a failure.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.