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Young Voters Are Abandoning Obama-But Not Running to Romney (Explains empty seats at Ohio State)
The Daily Beast ^ | Sunday, May 6, 2012 | Mark McKinnon

Posted on 05/06/2012 10:31:11 AM PDT by kristinn

It's no surprise President Barack Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign on two college campuses on Saturday. You're supposed to apply pressure at the site of bleeding. And the president's support among young voters is bleeding away.

Though their elders vote at higher rates, the Millennial generation, aged 18 to 29, represented almost one in six votes in the 2008 presidential election. And they voted for Obama over Senator John McCain by a two-to-one margin.

While others in the media are focused on the upward trend in the president's approval ratings over the last four months in this age group, as shown in the latest Survey of Young Americans' Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service from Harvard University's Institute of Politics, there are troubling signs for the campaigns and the country embedded more deeply in the numbers.


In terms of policies and priorities, the group appears more right-of-center than imagined. Almost four in ten believe cutting taxes is key to growth. Just 19 percent think government spending is the answer. And those who believe health insurance is a right dropped from 61 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2012.

The top ten issues ranked in importance for this cohort were: creating jobs, reducing the deficit, lowering the tax burden for all, becoming energy independent, ensuring affordable access to health care, creating a world-class education system, addressing Social Security, preventing the spread of terrorism, protecting individual liberties from government, and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Combating the impacts of climate change fell near the bottom of the list.

Surprisingly, little support is expressed by 18-to-24 year olds for the Occupy Wall Street protests, at 19 percent. (A plurality of 42 percent are unsure.)

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhofascism; elections; nobama2012; obama
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To: libdestroyer

That was the 18-29 year olds voting for Nixon and supporting the Vietnam war by a higher percentage than any other age group.

51 posted on 05/07/2012 1:19:54 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: libdestroyer

I wasn’t aware that I was bashing your generation. Twenty year olds did used to be more conservative though.

52 posted on 05/07/2012 1:22:05 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Longbow1969

No, the founders were not perfect but I would wager than an honest accounting would reveal a ton of misery caused by NOT following the original constitution (and that includes all amendments after the first ten) for every ounce caused by FOLLOWING the original constitution. At this point the constitution is functionally almost completely moot, in many cases we only pretend to follow it with the original meaning being discarded in favor of some new version created out of whole cloth by liberal judges and in other cases it seems that we don’t even pretend to follow it as with the prohibition against anything other than silver and gold as currency. Does anyone REALLY believe that means that the states cannot do it but the federal government can make dog doo a legal currency?

53 posted on 05/07/2012 4:04:52 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: jboot
...the franchise should be awarded at the honorable completion of volunteer military service regardless of taxpayer status.

I like that! Agreed!

54 posted on 05/07/2012 4:06:02 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: ansel12



55 posted on 05/07/2012 4:36:43 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

My understanding is that Fox is pretty much down the middle, which means that conservative points of view are heard as well, what network was doing that in 1970?

56 posted on 05/07/2012 4:50:26 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Could be. I really don’t know since I never watch TV. I’m just going on comments by Freepers as how that network is such a disappointment, having flipped from being what it started off as.

I certainly will grant that it HAS to be better than ABCCBSCNNNBC.

57 posted on 05/07/2012 5:12:34 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

I have read those comments also, and I only saw a little Fox back in 2005 and part of 2006 so I’m no expert on it.

I think that it is probably a disappointment as a ‘conservative’ network, but we do know that they will put on pro-lifers and pro-gun, low tax people and so on, in 1970 we didn’t even know that there was another point of view.

58 posted on 05/07/2012 5:19:36 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: LibsRJerks; Road Glide; ZULU
The young people I know and TRY to discuss politics with are so hopelessly uninformed and (un)knowledgeable about this country’s history — that they truly and really should NOT vote.

So what are we as conservatives doing about this???

This is the CRUCIAL issue of our times!! It doesn't matter what we are able to squeak out politically if we don't turn the tide of indoctrination in the high schools and universities. Every conservative should commit to doing SOMETHING to help educate the next generation in what made our country great.

I'm copying from a post by Road Glide from a couple of days ago:


“But our bigger problem, in my mind, is what is going on in the “educational” system. American Children are being taught a revised, biased, false story about western civilization and America. They are leaving schools with no knowledge of what America is, and how we evolved to become the world’s first and most successful democratic Republic. And so, they become ready tinder for minds like Obama’s.”

Just a thought....

What is needed is an integrated network of private schools that will again teach from the perspective that Western Civilization was (and is) superior, and teach with a true account of the facts of history (rather than the “rewritten history” of the post-1960’s).

Kind of like I remember receiving in public (yes, public!) schools in the 1950’s and early 1960’s before the lefties took it over.

Just as there are “Christian academies” that provide education based on a religious foundation for those parents who choose it for their kids, we need “Western Acadamies” that teach (for lack of a better phrase) “true history” from a Western perspective.

It may be impossible to reclaim the public schools from a Gramsican left that has become firmly entrenched. But that may not be necessary. What -is- necessary is to create a large-scale alternative to the public schools. Do the same thing with education that has been done [by conservatives and traditional-minded folks] with the mass-mainstream media — that is, ignore it, bypass it, do an end-run around it.

Just as conservatives now obtain their news and information from alternative sources, we must build a system to completely bypass the leftist indoctrination centers that are more commonly known as public schools.

59 posted on 05/07/2012 6:11:38 PM PDT by boxlunch
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To: boxlunch

Great ideas. Maybe a new market niche for schools?

I’ve posted on here before also that Republicans might not be doing the BEST job of reaching college students. My daughter went to a pretty conservative white bread type of school, but often said the Republicans just didn’t come to campus and communicate with them like the Dems did.

At that time, she and many other students WERE open to various ideas, and would have liked to have heard from Republicans/conservatives, but the only ones to visit were Dems, Michelle Obama, etc.

60 posted on 05/07/2012 8:07:49 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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