A minority-majority is predicted to occur in the United States by 2050. What will the future of politics look like?
To Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, demographic change will bring challenges and opportunities for both political parties--even though minorities tend to identify more with the Democrats. In the 2008 elections, "the minority vote was 80 percent to 18 percent for [President] Obama," he says.
"That's the obvious effect in terms of political preferences. But embedded in that are issues of policy preferences and what these voters want to see happen."
"Over time, we should see some increase of the level of voters who want to see more money spent on education or more emphasis on government services that are effectively delivered," he says.
"It doesn't necessarily mean that they automatically tilt the policy agenda for the whole United States. But it does mean that again, all of those people should send things somewhat in that direction."
That could potentially be countered by at least some proportion of the non-Hispanic white population becoming markedly more conservative. However, that may not happen, Teixeira cautions, because of the decline of the white population, particularly the white working class.