New study: young adults becoming less liberal

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.

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  1. James Patuto says:

    Sorry bout this but the positions you ascribe to be center positions are pretty much the positions of Obama and the Democratic party. One of the Republicans biggest mistakes was trying to paint Obama as some type of Radical, as the election unfolded the American people realized that his positions coincided with the majority positions in this country, on economics, foreign policy, and social issues. If Obama was not radical and the Republicans were vociferously against his policies, the clear implication was that the Republicans would impose a radical right agenda [this may have been true].

    1. JoeB says:

      True enough. The opposition party didn’t offer much of an oasis. Obama offered ice cream; the opposition offered pretty much nothing but work. Obama offered the chance for aliens to stay here; the opposition said go home and get in line. Obama said marriage between any two consenting adults is OK; the opposition said marrying people ought to be a man and a woman. The argument goes on and on. Overall, Obama represented grasshoppers; the opposition, ants. It’s hard and it’s uncomfortable being an ant. And it’s generally not much fun. Grasshoppers get to fiddle; ants just get to carry stuff that weighs a lot. So, if you’re young and full of piss and vinegar, who ya gonna vote for? I know who I voted for when I was in college. Pay for it? Beats me! When I was young I didn’t give a rat’s behind who was gonna pay for it. It sure wasn’t gonna be me ’cause I had nothin’ and figured the government was going to kill me in Vietnam, so I was going to vote for whomsoever lied out their butt the best! It didn’t matter to me because I didn’t figure I would ever have any money for the government to take and I didn’t figure I would ever get old or get sick or …. oops. Hmmm, maybe college kids are smarter than I was in ’67 ….

    2. Larry says:

      I feel sorry for the 20 somethings. Your entire generation will have a miserable American experience. First, only the engineers and scientists will have an ok employment and wealth-earning period, IF you can find a job. The rest will watch their most important wealth building years pass them by. I’m 42, and I do not expect to receive one penny from Social Security. But I have lot’s of real estate to live off when I’m older. By the time most of today’s 20 somethings are 40, not only will Social Security be bankrupt, but you’ll have a majority of racial minorities with little education and a tiny sliver of professionals doing all the work and paying most of their checks to the welfare state. Add to that the increasing perversion and filth on the internet and on television, where females are degraded like sex toys. God is pretty much gone in your generation, and Satan will continue to humiliate and degrade you as you watch your society become a violent cesspool. Obama is a critical component in the Bible’s end of days prophecy, so it is natural that you support him.

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