The subsequent graph shows how baby boomers, defined as those born from 1946-1964, self-identified when asked about their political orientations in 1974 all the way through how they did so when asked in 2018:
The one demographic trend American conservatives had in their favor–the positive correlation between age and a tendency towards rightwing politics–is at risk of being reversed by deaths of despair and the not unrelated catastrophic social and governmental responses to Covid.
When Boomers finally exit stage left, or right as it were, will subsequent generations follow in their political footsteps or will it be lights out for the Republican party? Stay tuned!
GSS variables used: YEAR, COHORT(1946-1964), POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)