In the 2006 mid-term elections for Congress, young people, ages 18-24, voted overwhelmingly for Democrats over Republicans, by a 58% to 37% margin, according to national exit polls — a pattern reflective of a broader Democratic leaning among Gen-Nexters compared with earlier Republican-leaning generations. In 2006, 48% of young people identified themselves as Democrats or leaned toward the Democratic Party, while only 35% identified themselves as Republicans — the lowest number recorded by Pew in its nearly 20-year trend. This makes them the least Republican generation. Larger percentages of Gen Xers, boomers and seniors identify with the GOP.

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