Pew research poll: Young Americans favor big government

This is continuing the trend of my posts this week regarding the Republicans not connecting with young voters. The results of this poll confirms what I have been saying all week. While the President’s support slipped some among young voters, the report states:

 Among all voters 30 and older, Obama ran behind Mitt Romney (48% for Obama, 50% for Romney). Four years ago, Obama edged John McCain, 50% to 49%, among all 30+ voters.

In Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Obama also failed to win a majority of voters 30 and older. Yet he swept all four battleground states, in part because he won majorities of 60% or more among young voters.

Let us look at young voters party affiliation:

With only 26% of young voters, the Republicans are going to have to take severe measures to win them over. When we look at the breakdown of what young voters think on major issues, the future looks even more bleak for the Republican Party and conservatives.

In 2012 young voters accounted for 19% of the turnout. If the beliefs of those who voted in that age group reflect the thoughts of those who did not vote, Republicans are in even greater trouble, since people tend to vote more as they get older.

When you look at these facts about voters under 30:

  • 44 percent of young voters identify themselves with the Democratic Party, whereas only 26 percent identify with the Republican Party and 30 percent as Independent.
  • 33 percent of young voters identify their political views as liberal, whereas only 26 percent identify their political views as conservative.
  • 53 percent of young voters approve of President Obama’s healthcare law.
  •  Young voters under 30 represented 19 percent of the voter turnout population in 2012
  • Nearly 6 in 10 favor a more expansive role of government

It is obvious the Republicans have ignored college campuses and high schools for way too long. The question is; what can be done to change the current mindset of these young voters?

I’m thinking on that.

Yep, the smoke you’re smelling is emanating from my brain.

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2 Responses to Pew research poll: Young Americans favor big government

  1. “It is obvious the Republicans have ignored college campuses and high schools for way too long. ” Yes! And the national debt (which we’ll have to pay for) is the perfect issue to split the youth vote from the Democrats. With a serious push I’m confident we can come close to parity with youth voters within a few cycles.

    • Bret Rickert says:

      You’re absolutely correct the debt is the place to start. Looking at the numbers, however, it is clear that young voters and not so young voters may need to endure a life lesson. One cannot have big government, without high taxes and debt. I fear those born after 1975 have suffered a true injustice in their education. It has been shown American students rank high in self-esteem but low in academic achievement. That’s not their fault, but they are going to pay the price for the lack of proper guidance. Fortunately, there are a few of you who have both, and you‘re going to need both if you are going to help lead your generation into the future.

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