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Newsflash: Bloom Off Rose

Posted By Malcolm A. Kline On September 3, 2010 @ 10:06 am In Faculty Lounge | No Comments

As college students prepare to enter a threadbare workforce, some are learning what outsiders have long suspected: Their professors were wrong. “The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama [1],” Kirk Johnson [2] reports in The New York Times. “Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now [3] identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.”

“Is the recession [4], which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?” Scott Keeter, of the Pew Research Center [5] told Johnson. “The jury is still out.”

I dunno. “Juries” recently delivered pretty clear-cut verdicts in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.

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[2] Kirk Johnson: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/us/politics/03students.html?_r=1&ref=politics

[3] far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1497/democrats-edge-among-millennials-slips

[4] recession: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/r/recession_and_depression/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier

[5] Pew Research Center: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/pew_research_center/index.html?inline=nyt-org

[6] Accuracy in Academia: http://academia.org/

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