This argument in the Politico Magazine….
The under 30 American voters could be lost to the Republican Party is they don’t abandon their current hard right thing the below linked piece says…
The Republican Party has dug itself a hole with regard to young, educated voters. Although Americans under 30 are less likely to vote than their older counterparts, they are a rapidly growing proportion of the electorate. Gen Z Americans, a cohort that includes today’s college students, now make up almost a quarter of the nation’s population. They are in line to be the nation’s most formally educated generation, with higher high school graduation rates and lower dropout rates than earlier cohorts.
But the Republican Party has done more to alienate young, college-educatedvoters in recent years than ever before. A nationwide poll fielded in late September by College Pulse of more than 1,500 students at 285 different colleges and universities shows that nearly three-quarters of college-age voters do not think the Republican Party represents them in any capacity. Sixty-six percent of students today cannot imagine registering as Republicans in the next 10 years, when their voices may be even stronger. And a striking 43 percent of respondents think the Republican Party is flat-out racist; only 31 percent disagree. (The poll, which we co-sponsored, was conducted by College Pulse, a firm that specializes in student polling and frequently supplies data to researchers. Their online surveys are weighted and rebalanced to reflect the national population of college students.)
Young, educated voters have favored Democratic candidates for decades, but the gap has grown much larger than before. Most revealing, perhaps: The survey showed the Republican Party has become directly associated with racist, unconstitutional attitudes that strike most students as beyond the pale. They perceive Republicans as a threat to their own future, and democracy in general.
There are some signs, however, that this damaging view is not irreparable — in part because college students don’t strongly identify with the Democratic Party. They may vote Democratic, but only 18 percent believe the party is moving in the correct direction. Democrats benefit from the widespread hatred of Republicans, but the party itself is not inspiring loyalty.
The recent poll shows a path forward for Republicans — if they embrace moderate reforms around race, women’s health and the environment. This poses a conundrum for a party that has hardened itself behind positions that motivate the aging Republican base: Those are exactly the policies it will have to slowly abandon if Republicans want to have a chance in the future….
The party’s recent wins in Virginia and other states will help Republicans only if they reach beyond the suburban families to emerging educated voters. It is today’s students, not the soccer moms or the angry Trump crowds, who will determine the future of American politics.
Our survey shows that young college-educated voters currently perceive the Republican Party as a cult following Donald Trump. They almost universally reject this cult. The evidence indicates they have much higher regard for more moderate established figures, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
College students are simply not as partisan as people think. They have a strong bias against the extreme positions of the current Republican Party, but they are not solid Democrats either. They are in play for creative, progressive and also moderate political figures. In the coming decade, the party that succeeds nationally will be the one that finds a way to capture this next electoral majority….