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Millennials in Congress such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Illhan Omar of Minnesota, and Dan Crenshaw of Texas are hitting the rest of the nation with their aggressiveness started by their baby boom parents who now criticize America’s biggest living generation.

According to a survey by pollster John Zogby, the revolution they’re bringing to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street is just the start. The follow-on generation Z is making it faster to bring diversity and social consciousness to the fore.

According to John Zogby, what the boomers have begun by challenging authority and Gen X’ers have fostered, trust yourself over institutions,  the millennials have driven home in a big way.  

The results of the survey could 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 bypass Washington and push corporate America to tackle big issues like global warming, which they consider more important than job creation.

John Zogby said that millennials are now old enough and embedded in Washington and business to get their way. He said he was talking of a massive number of 18- to 40-year-olds who have access to information that the older generation don’t have, who are impatient with the slowness of the older generation and can organize via their own networks. So, Congress, Republicans, Democrats, corporations and bureaucrats beware.  

The survey reported four key findings from the survey. First, the highly-networked,  steeped-in-technology and diverse millenials believe that diversity, not merit, is vital to achieving the ideal workplace.

Another key finding is that millenials most likely feel that global warming is man-made and believe protecting the environment is more important than job creation. They also believe in “the wisdom of the crowd” over formal institutions like political parties and churches. The younger Gen Z would be more diverse and connected.

The survey analysis stated that the typical top-down style of corporate management — and the legacy seniority system in Congress, the chain of command  — is in trouble. It will be difficult for the millenials to fit themselves to a work scenario that the Cold War Generation were familiar with.

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