This is the conclusion to be drawn from a new Pew Research poll of Americans 66-to-83 years of age on our current political situation.
Referring to this group as the “Silent Generation,” Pew reports that they came of age in time to vote for Truman,Eisenhower,and Kennedy,so they did not necessarily fall into the habit of reflexively voting for Roosevelt and the whole Democratic ticket. They had their flirtation with supporting Democrats such as Bill Clinton in the 1990sbut didn’t like what it brought about. Since the 2000 election,these “Silents” have been voting at increasingly higher rates for Republicans.
When stacked up against other generations – Boomers,Gen Xers,and Milennials – Pew’s “Silent Generation” is markedly more “angry” at what has happened to the country they grew up in. Almost one-third of “Silents” blame government (in this case read Democrats) for their anger.
And they will make up 17 percent of the electorate next year.