Millennials Shifting to the Right

, Malcolm A. Kline, 2 Comments

The so-called millennial generation, those in the 18-29 year-old age bracket, helped keep President Obama into the White House. “If only those over the age of 30 had voted, Romney would have won,” Emily Ekins, who directs polling for the Reason Foundation, said at the blogger’s briefing at the Heritage Foundation on August 26, 2014.

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Nevertheless, surveys that try to track their mood swings border on the superficial. “Why do millennials like socialism?” Ekins asks.  “Because they don’t know what it is.”

Yet and still, what they have seen of big government, they increasingly do not like. Ekins notes that during the Obama years, the percentage of millennials who want a large government with more services has gone from seven out of ten to 54 percent.

Similarly, over that same time period, the percentage of millennials who think government is inefficient has gone from 42 percent to 66 percent.

Ekins found in a recent poll that, perhaps not too surprisingly, millennials have a better image of themselves than those over 30. For example, three-quarters of millennials think they have a good work ethic but only half of those surveyed over 30 agree. Nonetheless, Ekins wrote, “ Interestingly, Americans under 30 are as likely as those over 30 to say 18-29 year olds are selfish (71%).”

  • Steven Barrett

    Give them time and sooner … especially when they settle down and have families.
    And they won’t be so easily inspired to support the agenda of a few wealthy families and companies, regardless of partisan tribal loyalties; especially when the scions of those families are professional draft dodgers like Romney. When the Republcans have taken public funding for affordable health care back, reinstated the old dreaded pre-existing conditions that allowed health insurance companies to commit grand larceny against every person they later denied coverage to, especially when their insured were desperate for that one last shot, they’ll have second thoughts, if not a few emotional breakdowns afterwards. When all the underpinnings of a decent society have been left to crumble so that the wealthy can enjoy life in their sheltered walled in gated communities, and or be the only people who can send their kids off to college … do I have to go on? … they’ll come around. Until then . . . what’s it going to take?

  • Lorilu

    “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40 you have no brain.” — attributed to Winston Churchill. The milennials are getting older, and they’re beginning to see the damage done by socialist big government policies espoused by Obama.