We are now more divided by age than at any time in modern history. Let's fix thatby Chuka Umunna / January 4, 2018 / Leave a comment
The relationship between different age groups in our country has changed, bringing significant consequences for our politics, collective wellbeing and shared future. If you are in your mid-forties or younger, the odds are that you did not vote for the government of the day or side with the majority on the defining issue of our time in 2016’s Brexit referendum. Simply put, we are now more politically divided by age than at any time in modern history.
A new analysis of British Social Attitudes survey data for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, which I chair, demonstrates that older and younger voters embrace divergent views on climate change, same-sex marriage, transgender rights and immigration.
It’s only natural that each generation should view the world slightly differently, but there are worrying signs that the political gap between people of different ages may be growing into a gulf as age overtakes income as an indicator of voting intention.