In this intriguing study of demographic trends in the United States, Paul Taylor – a former journalist and former head of the Pew Research Center – outlines the rapid shifts convulsing American society. He cites various polling and research sources and closely reads media coverage and scholarly analysis. White Americans, Taylor writes, will soon lose their population majority, while liberal millennials will inherit an enormous numerical advantage in electoral politics – and so far, millennials have not aged into conservative positions. To his credit – and in evidence of his comprehensive research – Taylor acknowledges that predicting the behavior of US voters is no simple task. This holds especially true for voters born after 1980. But he argues that given millions of millennials and the growing racial diversity of the US, demographics tend to favor future Democrats. Taylor relies on crisp prose and engaging anecdotes to paint a picture of a US society that is changing, with astonishing rapidity. getAbstract recommends his enlightening, hard-nosed overview to managers, investors, policy makers, NGOs, professors and students seeking a fresh analysis of an important topic – the future of the United States.
In this summary, you will learn
- How US demographics are changing,
- What these changes may mean for business and politics,
- How baby boomers differ from millennials and
- Why longer life spans concern Americans saving for retirement.
About the Authors
Paul Taylor was executive vice president of the Pew Research Center for a decade and a reporter at The Washington Post for 25 years. His previous books include See How They Run.
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2 years agoMixed feelings. Didn't we know all this already? Does this explain Trump?
2 years agothis is a good summary
2 years ago"...and so far, millennials have not aged into conservative positions" is the most telling statement for me in this summary.
Does it imply that slow maturing of the American Young a primary reason for the current political and economic malaise in the country? Are there internal/ external forces engineering such retardation of the younger population? Is age really a correct measure of the maturity of the population? Is education system to blame or is it such useless divisive analysis that serve no apparent purpose in achieving an overall better society?