One in 10 voters eligible to vote in 2021 will be part of a new generation - Generation Z.Born after 1996, most of this generation are not yet old enough to vote, but the oldest is 24 years old.
Unlike millennials who came of age during the Great Recession, this new generation should have inherited a more stable economy. Everything has changed now as COVID-19 has changed the social, political and economic landscape of states. Instead of looking into a world of possibilities, Gen Z now faces an uncertain future.
What do we know about this new generation, apart from the unique circumstances in which Gen Z is approaching adulthood? We know it differs in many ways from previous generations, but in many ways it is similar to the millennial generation that came before it.
Generation Z is on track to become the most educated generation
Looking at the elders of Gen Z, one can assume that they are on a slightly different educational trajectory than previous generations. They are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to be enrolled in colleges and universities.
The younger generation sees family and social change as good.
Generations Z and millennials differ from older generations in their views on changing the role of the family in society, professing more conservative views than previous generations.
The generations differ in their greater tolerance in matters of gender identity. In particular, Generation Z has more liberal views on same-sex marriage, gender neutral language, LGBT symbolism, etc.
Gen Zers are more likely than older generations to turn to the government to solve problems, rather than to middlemen and individuals.