I used to talk about this all the time and a bunch of people would say YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LIBERAL. Suck on this:
It’s well known that America is rife with political division: Red vs. Blue; the coasts vs, the interior; cities vs. rural areas; the 1% percent versus the 99%. Less discussed is the yawning gap that has recently opened between young and old. America today is more politically divided by age than it has been in 40 years, according to a major new survey the Pew Research Center is releasing this afternoon. TIME got an exclusive look at the poll, and in this week’s print issue, now available online to subscribers, I have a story on its findings–specifically about the split that has developed between so-called Millennials, aged 30 and under, and Silent Generation seniors between 65 and 83. Testing a hypothetical matchup between Obama and Mitt Romney, Pew found that Millenials prefer the President by 26 points, while Silents tilt to Romney by 10 points. It might feel intuitive that younger voters will be more liberal. But in the 2000 and 2002 elections, the two groups voted almost identically. It wasn’t until 2006 and 2008 that a broad gap opened up–one that narrowed slightly in 2010, as young voters tacked right, but which is now wider than it was even in ’08.
This is funny too:
What’s happened here? To a large degree, it seems, this split represents two very different reactions to change in American life. Pew found that seniors are unhappy about trends like immigration and diversity, gay and interracial marriage. In one of the survey’s most striking facts, fewer than half of them say the Internet has been a positive development. Few things provoked livelier replies from the many seniors in interviewed in Florida for this story than the impact of technology on American life. “Kids are running amok!” one told me. Millennials, by contrast, barely even register the idea that the Web might do more harm than good: only 11% call it a change for the worse.
I honestly hope that I do die before I say stuff like “kids are running amok”. I’d like to put it in my living well that I be euthanized if I appear to be in danger of making such utterances.
Not trying to start any generational warfare here, I know plenty of seniors who don’t sound like that. I hope I will be one of them someday.