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A Partnership Survey by GenForward, HIT Strategies Shows Competing Political Views Among Millennials and Generation When Accounting for Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Party

Nearly half of young adult Black and Latinx Women support canceling all student loan debt, with a majority supporting canceling $50,000 or more.

A plurality of young adult Asian Men don’t think the government should cancel any student debt.

A plurality of young adult Republicans supports a public healthcare option like Medicare-for-all, aligning with Democrats and Independents.

Washington, DC | June 9th – Today, GenForward and HIT Strategies released Millennial Monitor (+) plus, a newsletter using GenForward data that focuses on young adults’ political views and policy preferences. Millennial Monitor (+) tracks the political pulse of Millennials and Generation Z and disaggregates the data by gender, age, party affiliation, race and ethnicity.

More than half of American young adults (18-36) are non-white, making Millennials and GenZ the most diverse generations in American history. While much of the existing research and data on America’s youngest generations lump young adults into one or two categories, MM (+) respects the nuance and complexity of these populations by illustrating their political similarities and differences.

A few highlights from the newsletter are:

  • Nearly half of young adult Black and Latina women support canceling all student loan debt, with a super-majority supporting canceling $50,000 or all.
  • Young adults rank Universal Basic Income as the # 1 priority to address income inequality.
  • A plurality of young adult Republicans supports a public healthcare option like Medicare-for-All, aligning with Democrats and Independents.
  • A plurality of young adult Asian Men think the government should not cancel any student loan debt.
  • A plurality of Asian Men support monthly $2,000 stimulus checks to families making under $75,000 throughout the pandemic.

This first installment of MM+ focuses on policy related to the economy. It presents data from the most recent GenForward survey captured during a period when the sociopolitical landscape included President Joe Biden’s introduction of the American Jobs Plan, a global pandemic that forced millions of people out of the job market, calls for racial justice, and concerns for voting rights and climate change.  
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About GenForward Survey Project 
The GenForward Survey is the first of its kind—a nationally representative survey of over 3,000 young adults ages 18-36 conducted bimonthly that pays special attention to how race and ethnicity shape how respondents experience and think about the world. We are committed to disaggregating the larger category often labeled Millennials because our previous research has shown important differences in lived experiences and political attitudes among young adults of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. For more information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter. 

About HIT Strategies  
HIT Strategies is a public opinion research company specializing in researching Young Adults, People of Color, Women, LGBTQ+, and other underserved communities. As the leading millennial and minority-owned public opinion firm, HIT Strategies maintains an unmatched cultural competence when understanding, engaging, and communicating with Millennial and GenZ audiences and diverse communities like African Americans, Latinos, and AAPI. For more information, visit hitstrat.com. Follow us on Twitter at @HITStrat.