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The stark Democratic Party generational divide

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26.09.2019

This week, House Democrats announced they would open an inquiry to begin impeachment proceedings for President Trump, finally breaking in favor of the position of “the squad” — young, liberal, newly elected congresswomen who had clashed with leadership repeatedly over issues such as impeachment ever since they were sworn in.

But the battle between leadership ( average age of 72) and "the squad" (average age of just over 38) has also exposed other fault lines in the Democratic Party over the Green New Deal, healthcare, and more. Nowhere is this showing up more in the Democratic electorate than the primary contest, particularly the gap in support from seniors and young Democrats for both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

In the newest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, which put former Vice President Joe Biden atop the pack at 31%, trailed closely by Elizabeth Warren at 25%, wide divisions open up when looking under the hood at the numbers. Among Democrats under the age of 35, Bernie Sanders surges into the lead at 33%, while Biden trails significantly at only 10%. (This puts Biden behind Andrew Yang among this demographic.) But........

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