I forgot who it was that called Pete Buttigieg an old person’s idea of a young person. Certainly young people hate him.
Pete Buttigieg, the youngest candidate, has practically no support among Millennials or Generation Z. He generates just over 3% support among likely Democratic primary voters under 30, which places him in a virtual tie at the absolute bottom, with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and his fellow Millennial, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard. Even 62-year-old hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer (4%) is ahead of him. And there doesn’t appear to be an easy road for improvement: Just 5% list Buttigieg as their second choice.
Minority candidates have flamed out in the 2020 primaries. It seems only fitting that millennial candidates also flame out leaving the Dem field securely in the hands of old white socialists.
What’s the secret of Buttigieg’s anti-appeal to younger voters?
We already know that Buttigieg polls terribly with black voters. That’s been blamed on his South Bend policies which I think is mostly nonsense. Very few black voters are familiar with what he did or didn’t do in South Bend. That’s not driving the rejection.
But I think there is some overlap.
The younger generation of Democrats is more heavily minority, a group Buttigieg doesn’t perform well, and radical, ditto.
If you’re a young black Democrat, you might end up voting Biden. If you’re a young white leftie, you’ll go for Bernie or maybe Warren.
Buttigieg has been aged out of the party.