Much has been written about how the Puget Sound region has bucked national trends this election season. We voted for an increased minimum wage. We took on additional taxes for transit. We elected the first Indian-American woman to Congress. We gave Hillary Clinton one of her highest vote margins anywhere.
When you dig deeper into the rising generation of voters—i.e. millennials—you'll see that this isn't an aberration. In other words, our progressive stronghold is about to get even more progressive.
Those values, according to the survey, point to a highly progressive set of beliefs—extending beyond the already-defined liberal character of Puget Sound. When queried about their top local concerns, millennials mention equity and living in a diverse community far more often than adults in general in this region.
But millennials also worry about affordability and whether they’ll be able to put down roots in the region.
The values subset of the Forterra/EMC survey includes the following:
When asked about the issues that concern them the most, millennials in the Forterra/EMC poll ranked inequality and racism fourth. When adults of all ages in the region were asked this same question, equity wasn’t even listed in the top 10.
In keeping with their interest in equity, Puget Sound millennials care much more about living in a diverse community. Also, they care more about this than compared to other adults nationally.
A lot more Puget Sound millennials identify as LGBTQ — 14% — than millennials in other parts of the country (about 7%). Additionally, a higher percentage of newer arrival millennials identify as LGBTQ versus those who grew up here.
Puget Sound millennials, according to the Forterra/EMC survey, are more likely to identify as Independents.
When it comes to labels, newer arrival millennials are twice as likely to embrace being an “environmentalist.”
Newer arrival millennials: 51 %
Homegrown millennials: 27 %
And while both groups of millennials say we need more parks and greenspace, newer arrivals feel that even more strongly.
Newer arrival millennials: 65 %
Homegrown millennials: 61%
Are you “a religious person” or “a patriotic person?” Millennials here are less likely to say “Yes” than millennials living somewhere else.
Puget Sound millennials have a cynical view of the economy — 75% in the Forterra/EMC poll say it unfairly favors powerful interests. Nationally, that compares to 71% of millennials, and 65% of all adults.
Puget Sound millennials think they can affect the direction of politics and policy — but not at the national level. They see their opportunity as being close to home. (It’s worth underscoring that the Forterra/EMC survey occurred before the November election. The election’s outcome may intensify this local focus.) 
 These findings on influencing government come from the opt-in web survey (868 respondents) rather than random phone survey (300 respondents). Web survey respondents were concentrated in Seattle.