The shock that millennials such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Illhan Omar of Minnesota, and Dan Crenshaw of Texas have brought to Congress is hitting the rest of the nation with their aggressiveness spawned by their baby boom parents who now decry America’s biggest generation.
And according to a pathbreaking survey by the pollster who has charted millennials the most, the revolution they’re bringing to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street is just the start. The follow-on generation Z is stepping on the pedal to bringing diversity and social consciousness to the fore.
“What Boomers have begun by challenging authority and Gen X’ers have fostered, trust yourself over institutions, Millennials have driven home in a big way,” said pollsters John Zogby and his son and partner Jeremy Zogby.
“Expect to varying degrees the call for a transformation of power away from centralized institutions as we see this already playing out in the world of blockchain technology,” they added in the latest John Zogby Strategies survey of millennials.
The results of the survey are likely to be a shock to older Americans. For example, instead of merit in the workplace, millennials, now age 22-39, put a higher importance on diversity.
And they want to leapfrog over Washington and push corporate America to tackle big issues like global warming, which they consider more important than job creation.
John Zogby, who is a co-grader of President Trump for the Washington Examiner’s Washington Secrets Weekly White House Report Card, said that millennials are now old enough and embedded in Washington and business to get their way.
“We are not talking about just a group of late teens and 20-somethings who are different and will get over it once they settle down,” he said. “We are talking about 18- to 40-year-olds whose numbers are massive, who have access to information that we don't have, are impatient with the way we dawdle, and know how to organize via their own networks. Congress beware. Republicans and Democrats beware. Corporations and bureaucrats beware,” added Zogby.
The key findings from the survey:
- Millennials are highly networked, steeped in technology, diverse. They believe diversity, not merit, is paramount to creating the ideal workplace.
- They are more likely to feel that global warming is man-made and believe protecting the environment should top job creation.
- They believe in “the wisdom of the crowd” over formal institutions like political parties and churches.
- Millennials are a window into the future of the younger Gen Z which is even more diverse and plugged in.
The survey analysis suggested that the typical top down style of corporate management — and the legacy seniority system in Congress — is in trouble.
“It will be interesting to see if they grow a deeper appreciation for a chain of command. Our hunch is they won’t. If they are seeking order, they will look for it in their families and communities. It will be difficult for them to literally re-engineer themselves to a work scenario that the Cold War Generation were familiar with. In other words, the genie is out of the bottle,” it said.
In an interview, John Zogby quoted Bob Dylan in his warning: “There's a hard rain's gonna fall."