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Generation Z, the racial seal of elections in the US


Veronica Mondragon

MEXICO CITY.

When Republican Donald Trump resumed his campaign after the coronavirus shutdowns in June, his rally in Oklahoma gave him some surprises. His campaign expected a million people, but it was only six thousand.

The US media reported that a group of teenagers reserved thousands of seats that they did not occupy. The president was trolledpresumably by Gen Z, zoomers, or post-millennials.

This age group represents America’s racial and ethnic diversity heading into the Nov. 3 election, a Pew Research Center study revealed.

Young people belonging to this generation, who are between 18 and 23 years old, are the most diverse age group.

55% of them are white, followed by Hispanics, with 22%, that is, the Latino community is the largest minority within this age group.

The percentage of young Hispanics from generation z is significantly higher than millennials, generation x, baby boomers and older voters, ”detailed the analysis center in its study entitled Generation Z voters reflect the growing racial and ethnic diversity among the American electorate.

In contrast, African Americans in this group represent 14% and Asians, 5%.

Regarding their preferences for next Tuesday, 70% of these young people have a negative opinion of the president, according to a report by the company Morning Consult. While only 16% have a favorable opinion of the Republican.

In contrast, 41% have an unfavorable opinion of Democrat Joe Biden, and 55% have a good opinion of the former vice president.

As in other age groups, the economy is the priority in the interests of this generation. 30% say that this topic is at the top of their concerns, followed by health care, which interests 20%. Equal pay and termination of pregnancy account for 17% of priorities.

In total there are more than 23 million voters who belong to this generation. Of those, four percent were born outside of the United States, the lowest percentage of voters born outside of that country.

By comparison, 62 million millennials can vote next Tuesday.

The impact that Generation Z will have on the election will largely depend on their attendance. Traditionally, the participation of the youngest voters is usually lower than the older ones, the presence tends to increase with age, ”said Amanda Barroso, editor of the Pew Research center focused on trends.

90 MILLION ALREADY VOTED

More than 90 million Americans have already cast their vote for the US presidential election, according to a tally produced yesterday by the University of Florida Elections Project, on track for the highest turnout rate in more than a century.

The record result, equivalent to 65% of the total turnout in 2016, reflects a strong interest in the vote, in which President Donald Trump faces the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.

Millions of people voted by mail or in person, out of concerns about coronavirus exposure on Election Day.

Trump is behind Biden in national polls amid criticism for his handling of COVID-19, which has left more than 230,000 dead in the US. The numbers of infected again broke a record, yesterday, with 99 thousand.

In 20 states that report data by party registration, 19.9 million registered Democrats have already voted, compared with 13 million Republicans and 10.1 million with no party affiliation.

– Reuters


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