As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the economy remains a major concern for voters of all ages. A recent survey by Tufts University found that cost of living and inflation are the top issues for young voters aged 18 to 34, including members of Generation Z and some millennials. The two Gen Z voters profiled by MPR News, Will Pierce and Corey Halada, represent opposite ends of the political spectrum, offering insights into how young voters consider economic issues in their decision-making process.

Will Pierce is a political science student at Macalester College in St. Paul who leans left politically. He believes that economic policies should prioritize reducing income inequality and promoting access to affordable healthcare. Corey Halada, on the other hand, is a political science and economics student at St. Olaf College in Northfield who leans right politically. He believes that economic policies should focus on lowering taxes and promoting free-market capitalism.

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