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Young Voters Keep Moving to the Left on Social Issues, Republicans Included
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50011"><span class="small">Dan Levin, The New York Times</span></a>   
Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:03

Levin writes: "Democrats of all ages tend to align fairly closely on major social and political issues, but the report highlights a sharp generational divide among Republicans."

Members of a conservative student coalition concerned about climate change at Yale University. (photo: Christopher Lee/New York Times)
Members of a conservative student coalition concerned about climate change at Yale University. (photo: Christopher Lee/New York Times)

Young Voters Keep Moving to the Left on Social Issues, Republicans Included

By Dan Levin, The New York Times

24 January 19


s a self-described political conservative, Reagan Larson might seem to be a natural fit for the Republican Party. The 19-year-old college student from South Dakota grew up in a Catholic household that objected to same-sex marriage, and she remains firmly opposed to abortion.

But in many ways, that is where the ideological similarities end. Ms. Larson, a dual major in biology and Spanish at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., does not oppose the legalization of marriage equality. She views climate change as undeniable, believes “immigrants make our country richer,” and disagrees with her parents on the need for a border wall.

Ms. Larson is part of Generation Z, one of the most ethnically diverse and progressive age groups in American history. People born after 1996 tend to espouse similar views to the age cohort just ahead of them, the Millennials, but they are far more open to social change than older generations have been, according to the findings of a new report by the Pew Research Center. The findings mark a shift that could substantially reshape the nation’s political and economic landscape.

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+13 # librarian1984 2019-01-24 17:35
If the Democratic Party wants to survive into the future they need to adopt a progressive agenda -- not just pay it lip zervice.

We must dump the ancient DINOs and embrace a future where neocons and neoliberals don't continue to allow capitalists to suck the people dry.

They need to ACT on climate change, not just pretend to act.

They need to HELP people, not just pretend to care.

As usual, the people are ahead of our so-called leaders, who manage to be both corrupt and inept at the same time.

For instance, please tell me why the first legislation adopted by both parties in the Senate was seeking to punish those who advocate BDS protests against Israel. Is that REALLY what was most important to this Congress? Apparently so. But people worry about Russian influence?
+3 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-25 11:15
Send this message to Nancy Pelosi. If you click on her web page in the House, there is a link that takes you to her contact form as Democratic leader.
0 # librarian1984 2019-01-26 10:45
I'm pretty sure she knows :-)
+11 # DongiC 2019-01-24 18:38
No question mighty changes are in store as generation Z fires up and enters the political and business worlds. The DINOs are done. Perhaps, they will seek refuge in the Republican Party. I think health, education, and environmental recovery will be big issues. Along with quality of life and improving the infrastructure. The Democratic Socialists will be a huge force for change. God, but it sounds exciting. I have been waiting decades to see this era of reform and recovery finally dawn!
0 # lfeuille 2019-01-25 19:51
This article doesn't mention economic policy. The Dems are already there on social policy. Climate change is the only thing that distinguishes establishment Dems, who acknowledge climate change but aren't willing to do what's necessary to fight it, from the people described in the article. It would have been useful to know how they feel about Medicare for all, living wage, free college and daycare etc. Without this knowledge we do not know if they are progressives or not.
+6 # eldoneb 2019-01-25 08:24
I've always had a lot of faith in young people. This article confirms my belief in them.