The Bagel logo
  • Ryan Wittler

Checking In With Gen Z and Millennial Voters Ahead of the Midterms


A new survey from Teen Vogue and Change Research shows Gen Z and Millennial voters are pessimistic about the future; both America’s and their own.

  • The survey was taken from May 6-10, just after the leaked Supreme Court opinion signaling Roe v. Wade will be overturned.

Survey highlights:

The survey found 71% of voters ages 18 to 34 say they’re mostly pessimistic about the future, and 90% say things in the U.S. are on the “wrong track.”

  • Voters under 35 feel negatively about nearly every issue facing their generations, most notably money in politics (95% say the situation is bad) and healthcare costs (93%).

Overwhelming majorities also say that corporations have too much power (89%) and the country’s economic systems are rigged for the wealthy (82%), while 69% say the economy is fundamentally broken.

  • Three-quarters (74%) also agreed with the idea that the “American Dream” isn’t a reality for their generation, and 71% don’t think they’ll be able to retire at a reasonable age.


The survey found voters under 35 are disillusioned with both political parties, finding net negative ratings for both Democrats (29% favorable vs. 58% unfavorable) and Republicans (22% favorable vs. 66% unfavorable).

  • Despite Democrats’ unpopularity, respondents preferred their policies, particularly regarding strengthening unions (81% support), addressing climate change (80%), and raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations (78%).


Respondents overwhelmingly support abortion rights, with 76% believing abortions should be legal in all or most cases, and 83% agreeing that reproductive healthcare decisions should be made between a woman and her doctors, not politicians.

Bagel HQ, Los Angeles, CA