A new study suggests college students in the United States are shifting to the political center. The gap between college freshmen identifying as liberal vs. conservative narrowed to just seven points over the last four years. In fact, just 34 percent of freshmen identify as liberals. Notably, support for government sponsored universal health care dipped by 7 percent since 2008.
This poll by UCLA is not an isolated indicator. Obama’s share of the vote for the 18-29 demographic shrank by a stunning 10 points in 2012 vs 2008.
Considering the proven bias of traditional media outlets and public educators for left of center ideology, the persistence of a strong conservative minority within the younger generation is quite telling. Could it be that young adults are more readily connecting the dots between gargantuan government, lethargic economic growth, and diminished opportunities?
Spending, borrowing, and taxing are suffocating the world’s greatest economic engine. Young adults are realizing that it’s not the broken promises of politicians that are most disconcerting. Often, the kept promises prove most damaging. An expansive welfare state, confiscatory taxation, intrusive bureaucracy, and skyrocketing debt are stealing opportunities from young adults before they even have a chance to fully partake in this nation’s bounty.