We are now just two weeks away from the 2018 U.S. Midterm elections with early voting already taking place across the country. Who turns out matters as Millennials and Baby Boomers engage in very different ways when it comes to politics. Baby Boomers are more likely to hit the voter’s box while Millennials are more likely to hit the streets.

Baby Boomers tend to be more active and well-informed than Millennials. Baby Boomers are more likely to vote regularly and stay informed than Millennials. Approximately 51 percent of Baby Boomers say they always vote and 85 percent of this generation say they intend to vote in the 2018 U.S. Midterm election. On the other hand, 41 percent of Millennials say they always vote and 79 percent of this generation say they intend to vote in the 2018 U.S. Midterm election.

While Baby Boomers are more likely to vote than Millennials, the younger generation is more likely to take action based on their political views. Approximately 1 in 4 Millennials have considered moving due to the political climate in their city compared to only 9 percent of Baby Boomers.

Online political petitions are the most popular form of political engagement for both Millennials and Baby Boomers. Approximately 32 percent of Baby Boomers and 30 percent of Millennials have signed an online petition in the last year.

Millennials are more likely to be engaged in the political process in a range of different ways than Baby Boomers. Approximately 21 percent of Millennials have contributed money to a political campaign in the last year compared to 14 percent of Baby Boomers. Roughly 1 in 5 Millennials have attended an in-person rally or meeting in the last year compared to 10 percent of Baby Boomers. And 13 percent of Millennials have volunteered for a political campaign in the last year versus 5 percent of Baby Boomers.

When it comes to political party affiliation, Millennials and Baby Boomers are most likely to be Democrats. However, a larger portion of Baby Boomers are likely to be Republicans than Millennials. Both generations are not necessarily party-loyal. About 1 in 5 Millennials and 1 in 6 Baby Boomers say they have previously been affiliated with a different political party. And 1 in 3 Millennials and 1 in 5 Baby Boomers would consider changing political parties in the future.

Political Party Affiliation by Generation