But their look-at-me tendencies are not without limits.

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Moreover, after decades of low voter participation by the young, the turnout gap in 2008 between voters under and over the age of 30 was the smallest it had been since 18- to 20-year-olds were given the right to vote in 1972.

() But the political enthusiasms of Millennials have since cooled -for Obama and his message of change, for the Democratic Party and, quite possibly, for politics itself.

About half of Millennials say the president has failed to change the way Washington works, which had been the central promise of his candidacy.

Of those who say this, three-in-ten blame Obama himself, while more than half blame his political opponents and special interests.

Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials — the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.

They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults.

They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.

Their entry into careers and first jobs has been badly set back by the Great Recession, but they are more upbeat than their elders about their own economic futures as well as about the overall state of the nation.) They embrace multiple modes of self-expression.

() Only about six-in-ten were raised by both parents — a smaller share than was the case with older generations.

In weighing their own life priorities, Millennials (like older adults) place parenthood and marriage far above career and financial success. Just one-in-five Millennials (21%) are married now, half the share of their parents’ generation at the same stage of life.

Nearly four-in-ten have a tattoo (and for most who do, one is not enough: about half of those with tattoos have two to five and 18% have six or more).