1:51pm August 25, 2012

Poll Focuses on Money, Unemployment and the Millennial Vote


Hardly the java sipping, narcissistic, social media surfing, familial leeches of lore, today’s Millennials are a vulnerable lot. Fearful of the fickle economy, competing for meager wages, and overwhelmingly planning to publicize their concerns by voting this November, one thousand 18-to-29 year olds participated in a survey by Generation Opportunity (GO), a non-profit organization.

The survey, which was released Wednesday, demonstrated that modern young people are making noteworthy cuts in their lives because of the rough economy.

While masses suffer from economic fluctuation and scarce career opportunities, “youngins” often experience a curious combination of excitement about their youth and presumed innovation and an easily dismissible spot in a capitalistic career caste system.

As with many financial statistics, the numbers are universally scary; but, they are particularly concerning for young people of color. July’s data conveyed that the African-American Millennial unemployment rate was 22 percent. It was 14 percent for Latinos, and almost 13 percent in general. As the United States evolves to an of-color majority, issues affecting the young black and brown increasingly impact more than just their respective cultural enclaves.

According to the GO survey, Millennials are skipping marriage, eating less, forgoing trips and working without vacations. Thirty-one percent of respondents put off starting a family. A quarter are not saving for retirement. Thirty-eight percent delayed buying their own place to live.

As survival instincts and political awareness merge, some believe that this election season could communicate for 18-to-20-somethings in important ways.

“These numbers should put elected leaders on notice,” Paul T. Conway, GO’s president and former U.S. Department of Labor Chief of Staff said in the organization’s press release.

“Frankly, it is not a pretty picture – millions of young Americans are paying the price, in a very personal way, for failed leadership and failed policies.

“Millennials are savvy. They know national policies have personal impact – they feel it first-hand… And it is no surprise that they plan to make their voices heard this November.”

Nearly 80 percent of the Millennials surveyed said that they will vote in November.

About the Author

Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson is a journalist and FAMU College of Law student with social commentary and/or news stories published on HBCU Digest, Clutch Magazine, the Daily American newspaper in Somerset, Pa, and the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.



2015 Job Prospects Look Bleak for African Americans

As 2014 comes to a close and we begin to write down those 2015 goals, for some African Americans the list hasn’t changed from last year: Get a Job. While the country is heralding President Obama for the lowest unemployment ra...
by E.R. Barnette


New poll: Latinos continue to worry about unemployment & face economic challenges

Last  week a new poll was released by the National Council of La Raza and Latino Decisions showing that Latinos are still feeling the effects of the recession even though the economy has been improving. Despite their worry abo...
by Adriana Maestas


Comcast Extends Internet Essentials Indefinitely, Grants $1 Million for Learning Zones

Comcast’s recent announcement that it will extend its Internet Essentials program indefinitely, and will expand it to Time Warner Cable markets pending closure of their merger, is welcome news. The digital divide is a serious...
by Kristal High



Black History Month Is Time to Get Serious about Black Kids’ Futures

By Jamal Simmons Jamal Simmons is co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance. His political commentary has been seen on several television networks. For most of American history Black youth had ready-made jobs on farms or in ...
by Guest Contributor


Kirk as CASEnergy Co-Chair Reflects Inclusivity, Opportunities of Nuclear Sector

CASEnergy Coalition tapped former U.S .Trade Ambassador and one-time Mayor of Dallas, Texas Ron Kirk to Co-Chair the effort alongside former EPA Administrator, Christine Todd Whitman. Kirk, who is no stranger to innovative sust...
by Kristal High



Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>