Gallup did not break down support for a Muslim president by age, but a 2010 Pew Research Center poll showed younger Americans were more tolerant and "open to change."
Matching some of the leading Republican candidates against Hillary Clinton—and seeing data that showed everyone from Jeb Bush to Donald Trump being walloped by the Democrat—pollster John Zogby warned in Forbes this month, "A new Zogby analytics poll of 850 adults 18-34 years old conducted on August 25 reveals that if millennials turn out to vote, the GOP faces nothing short of a catastrophic election."
The 85 million Americans who qualify as millennials will be the largest voting block in the country in the not too distant future. Zogby forecasts, "The GOP has a real problem ... millennials."
There's an ongoing shift in priorities and a widening disconnect on values between this generation, their parents and their grandparents. There's even a significant difference in how young Americans get their news — 69 percent now get it from Facebook — where they're much more likely to see different or opposing opinions on their newsfeeds than what many cable outlets or newspapers have traditionally delivered.
The country is changing. American politics is changing.
Republicans who want to win — sooner than later — are going to have to change with it.
Commentary by Jack Hunter, the editor of Rare Politics (Rare.us) and co-author of "The Tea Party Goes to Washington" with Senator Rand Paul. Follow him on Twitter @jackhunter74.