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GOP’s Millennial Problem
By: Ted Beust | Our Voice Contributor
It’s no secret that Millennials are the largest voting bloc. This past election cycle, this voting bloc was in favor of former presidential candidate and current Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont senator is heavily in favor of a Medicare-for-all healthcare system, tuition-free public college, and a higher minimum wage (much higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
It also isn’t a secret that most of the GOP is traditionally against all of Mr. Sanders’ ideas. For the most part GOP members are socially conservative (anti-LGBT rights, anti-drug, pro-traditional marriage).
But there’s one ginormous problem for the GOP: Millennials are against the Republican Party, especially on the topic of marijuana. Young voters today are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Even young Republicans are in favor of marijuana legalization and think the GOP should stray away from social issues if they want to win.
The GOP must find a way, whatever it may be, to make themselves overall more appealing to millennials if they want to keep winning elections. If not, the GOP will continue their deficit in popularity with young voters and they will have only themselves to blame.