New research has revealed that the demographic is increasingly split on political issues, with young men becoming more conservative and young women becoming more progressive.
Something unexpected is happening between Gen Z men and women.
Over the past decade, numerous studies measuring public opinion have uncovered that notoriously progressive young people are growing more and more divided by gender on a host of key social and political issues, including drug addiction, crime, climate change, gun violence, and reproductive rights.
And, according to new research from the Financial Times, the most rapid divergence between the views of young men and women to take place this century is currently rearing its head, with ‘tens of millions of people who occupy the same cities, workplaces, classrooms, and even homes no longer seeing eye-to-eye.’
As it reveals, since 2014, women aged 18 to 29 have steadily become more liberal each year, while young men have paradoxically become more conservative. This data suggests that the demographic is now both simultaneously left-wing and right-wing, with female Gen Zers today more likely than their male contemporaries to vote, care about politics, and participate in protests.
NEW: an ideological divide is emerging between young men and women in many countries around the world.
I think this one of the most important social trends unfolding today, and provides the answer to several puzzles. pic.twitter.com/kG4qQReqfT
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) January 26, 2024
In the US, Gen Z women are now 30 percentage points more liberal than Gen Z men, with the split accelerating significantly in the past decade. German Gen Z women are also 30 percentage points more liberal than German Gen Z men, while in the UK the gap is 25 points.
The ideological divide is even starker in South Korea, where – during the country’s 2022 presidential elections – young men voted primarily for the right-wing People Power Party and young women for the Liberal Democratic Party.