"...Slackers who take surveys are more likely to be unemployed and living with their parents and don't own a car. The busy "Millennial" with a job, doesn't stop to take surveys."
UPDATE: This excerpt from the Pew Report makes me realize why they call it "Pew" as in "P.U.! This stinks!"
"Pew Research Center surveys show that half of Millennials (50%) now describe themselves as political independents and about three-in-ten (29%) say they are not affiliated with any religion. These are at or near the highest levels of political and religious disaffiliation recorded for any generation in the quarter-century that the Pew Research Center has been polling on these topics."
Now think about this for a minute. A "Quarter Century" sounds like a long time, until you realize it is just 25 years. And 25 years is not a long time when you consider the age range being monitored is fifteen years. In other words, this "greatest this, least that" nonsense is specious, as the sample range of data is hardly longer than the age range being sampled!
Note also that most people identify as independents and this is typically even more true with younger people, historically. This is some weird new trend? I think not.
Also, saying that 29% are not affiliated with any religion is hardly a earth-shattering statistic. Particularly when you put it in terms of three-quarters of them do identify with a religion.
In order to understand these numbers, you have to compare them to societal norms, and in those terms, 50% and 29% are not that far off, nor are they that alarming. But you aren't going to go out and buy the services of the Pew people, if you are a marketer, if they say, "Gee, they are human beings like everyone else!"
It sounds more alarming when you add the tag line that "These are at or near the highest levels of political and religious disaffiliation recorded for any generation in the quarter-century that the Pew Research Center has been polling on these topics."
Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh, My!
Statistics for people who flunked Statistics - or who thought "math was hard". Sheesh!
P.P.S. - This little tidbit should scare you even more:
"These findings are based on a new Pew Research Center survey conducted Feb. 14-23, 2014 among 1,821 adults nationwide, including 617 Millennial adults, and analysis of other Pew Research Center surveys conducted between 1990 and 2014. "
An entire generation is painted with a wide brush, based on the survey results of SIX HUNDRED SEVENTEEN PEOPLE out of a nation of THREE HUNDRED MILLION.
Pew is really P.U.!