Economic Concerns Shaping Young Voters’ Presidential Choices: A Look at Gen Z and Millennial Perspectives on the 2024 Election

Democratic Momentum: Minnesota college students emphasize economic importance to Gen Z

The 2024 presidential election is quickly approaching, and with it comes concerns about the economy. A recent survey conducted by Tufts University found that cost of living and inflation are top issues for young voters aged 18-34, including members of Generation Z and some millennials. As the campaigns ramp up, it’s important to understand how young voters are approaching these economic challenges.

Recently, MPR News hosted a conversation with two Gen Z voters, Will Pierce and Cory Hallada, who represented different ends of the political spectrum. Pierce, a junior studying political science at Macalester College in St. Paul, and Hallada, a junior studying political science and economics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, shared their insights on how the economy is influencing their voting decisions this election season.

Pierce expressed concern about income inequality and the need for policies that would benefit working-class Americans. He also discussed his support for affordable housing initiatives and his belief that student debt should be forgiven. Hallada, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of small business growth and job creation as key drivers of economic success. He also advocated for free trade policies that would encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

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To listen to the full conversation with Pierce and Hallada and get more insights from these young voters tuned into the Minnesota Now podcast on platforms like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

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