By Ron Fournier
May 5, 2013
Polarization may have legs. A Harvard study suggests that young Americans are becoming more divided politically, giving rise to a chilling thought: The so-called millennials could become “Generation X-treme.”
The generation of adults between ages 18 and 29 is often considered by political observers and pop-sociologists to be a source of hope–measurably more tolerant, diverse, global-minded and adaptable than their parents and grandparents. And yet, millennials might be no less divided.
The institute released an update this week to its 13-year-old study of young adults. It is packed with clues about the nation’s future, including the potential durability of polarization.