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Baby boomers becoming more conservative as they age, while millennials hold more liberal views

Voting SignBaby boomers are worried about retirement and nearly half think things in America since the 1960s have changed for the worst.

Forty-two percent of baby boomers, born from 1946 to 1964, now consider themselves conservative, up from 35 percent in 2000, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

For the same time period, 19 percent of boomers said they were liberal, dropping to 18 percent.

A majority of boomers now favors a smaller government that provides fewer services, according to a Pew Center survey. However, the survey showed that older boomers voted more Democratic than younger boomers.

Millennials, born from 1981 to 1996, on the other hand, vote heavily Democratic and have liberal views ranging from a belief in an activist government to support for same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, according to another Pew Center survey.

They’re also somewhat more upbeat than older adults about America’s future, with 49 percent of millennials saying the country’s best years are ahead, a view held by 44 percent of boomers, the survey also showed.

At 37 percent of voters in 2012, boomers are the largest generational voting block.

Due to medical advances, the Wall Street Journal article predicts boomers will remain influential even in old age.

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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