I was born in 1981, so I'm not sure if I'm Gen X, Gen Y, Millennial, or what. I get confused. I consider myself a millennial however, and I can see why people are confused, as shown in this article by The Atlantic.
The fact that they make no sense actually makes perfect sense. For people my age, this is the first time in history where a single generation has been essentially lied two by both political parties. The Republicans were supposed to be the party of fiscal restraint who grew government to astounding levels in the 2000s while the Democrats were supposed to be the party of peace and civil liberties who continued the failed policies of the Republicans as well as robust domestic spying apparatus that was continuously fed. Young Republicans like me swept up by the idea of compassionate conservatism and the idea that democracy can save the Middle East have been let down as much as those young Democrats who believed Hope and Change would raise America back to its greatest instead of dragging it further down. The polling shown in this article reflects a new reality where young people are not only reevaluating our political parties but also what each party should be in favor of. Young and new Republicans are re-looking at issues like war and civil liberties while I think younger Democrats are giving another look at the entitlement state they have erected which has never really worked.
Politics are changing, and in the next twenty years the two political parties migth look quite different than they do now. The confusion shown is simply millenials trying to figure out where they are and coming to the realization that we have been let down by the current political alignment.