The Millennial View: Today's 18-to-29-Year Olds Grapple with Ideas of Race, Politics and Religion in New Study
Abdul-Alim, Jamaal, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
When researchers at the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University set out earlier this year to sketch a portrait of college-age millennials, they expected to find a lot of diversity.
What they didn't anticipate, says Daniel Cox, director of research and co-founder of the institute, was so much division.
"One of the things that we were most startled by was the significant division that we found, particularly on issues of race and religion," Cox said regarding one of the institute's latest reports, titled "A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-Age Millennials: Findings from the 2012 Millennial Values Survey."
Cox said while the Millennial Generation--today's 18 to 29-year-olds--is often thought of as more diverse and more tolerant than previous generations, "we found stark differences between the views of White millennials and African-American and Hispanic millennials, particularly around the vote."
Indeed, the survey--which the institute conducted jointly with Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs--found stark differences in viewpoints along both racial and religious lines not only with respect to the 2012 …
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Publication information: Article title: The Millennial View: Today's 18-to-29-Year Olds Grapple with Ideas of Race, Politics and Religion in New Study. Contributors: Abdul-Alim, Jamaal - Author. Magazine title: Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Volume: 29. Issue: 12 Publication date: July 19, 2012. Page number: 8+. © 2008 Cox, Matthews & Associates. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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