"The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown" is a book by Paul Ryan and Pew Research Center that explores generational changes in the years to come.

Paul Taylor of Pew Research Center writes that Americans are being put into think-alike communities that reflect both their politics and demographics. Recently, a generational gap has opened into a vast abyss in voting polls, Democrats and Republicans have become more polarized. What's more, the public has seethed with frustration over stagnant ways, a shrinking middle class, and global terrorism.

In 2014, for example, just 19.9% of 18- to 29-year-old citizens voted, a record low. The old turning out in force more than the young is nothing new – that seems hard-wired into the human life cycle.

Identity-based hyperpartisanship is thriving at a time when a majority of Americans tell pollsters they’d like to see Washington rediscover the lost art of political compromise.

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