1A Across America partnered with WBHM in Birmingham for their Big Q event series on November 14, 2019. The discussion focused on young conservative voters. From right: Andrew Yeager, Dalton Dismukes, Cameron Covington, MyChale Cooper, Joshua Johnson.

1A Across America partnered with WBHM in Birmingham for their Big Q event series on November 14, 2019. The discussion focused on young conservative voters. From right: Andrew Yeager, Dalton Dismukes, Cameron Covington, MyChale Cooper, Joshua Johnson.

Younger generations — Gen X, Millenials and Gen Z — outvoted their elders in 2016 and 2018. That trend is likely to continue as more of Generation Z reaches voting age.

Younger voters feel differently about many issues than their elders. Particularly, young Republicans.

According to a Pew Research Center report, Gen Z and Millennial Republicans are more likely to say that humans are causing global warming, that blacks are treated less fairly than whites, and that government should do more to solve problems, rather than leaving it all to individuals and businesses.

But not every voter is the same. We asked three young conservatives in Alabama how they see things on a range of issues, from student debt to abortion to gun control.

Alabama has voted Republican in every presidential race for nearly 40 years and Republicans have controlled the state’s house, senate and governor’s office since 2011.

As part of our collaboration 1-A Across America, we teamed up with WBHM to co-produce their local event “The Big Q.”

What do young conservatives in Alabama care about? What issues are most important to this generation? And how satisfied are they with the direction of the Republican Party?

Produced by Amanda Williams with special thanks to WBHM.

1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting.

Guests

  • Andrew Yeager Morning Edition host and reporter, WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama; @andsygr
  • Dalton Dismukes Chairman of the Young Republican Federation of Alabama; @DaltonDismukes
  • MyChale Cooper Political Director for the College Republican Federation of Alabama; Senior at University of Alabama;
  • Cameron Covington Junior at Jacksonville State University; Member of the College Republicans

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