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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wonderful News for Liberals/Progressives and America!

Top GOP Pollster: Young Americans Are Terrifyingly Liberal

According to new polling by right-wing political consultant Frank Luntz, Americans 18 to 26 are extremely liberal — so liberal that “the hostility of young Americans to the underpinnings of the American economy and the American government” should “frighten every business and political leader” and “excite activists for Sanders and, to a lesser degree, Clinton activists.” 

Luntz’s poll found that young Americans are optimistic about both the country’s future and their own: 61 percent say the best days of the United States are still ahead of us rather than behind us, and 88 percent are somewhat, very, or extremely optimistic about their economic prospects. But they have concerns, too. 

Their biggest, in order, are “corruption,” “greed,” and “inequality.” 

 President Obama is not their favorite political figure — Bernie Sanders is. Indeed, 31 percent said Bernie Sanders is the major political figure they “like and respect the most” — more than Obama (18 percent) and Hillary Clinton (11 percent). 

Fewer young people like and respect Republican politicians, with just 9 percent choosing Donald Trump, 5 percent George W. Bush, and 5 percent Ted Cruz.


They aren’t nationalistic: 58 percent of respondents said they agreed more with the statement “America isn’t better or worse than most other countries” than with “America is exceptional. It’s better than every other country in the world.” 

In fact, 35 percent of 18- to 26-year-olds, including 42 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds, said they considered themselves more a citizen of the world than of the U.S. 

 In response to the question, “Which type of political system do you think is the most compassionate?”, 58 percent said socialism and 9 percent said communism. Just 33 percent chose capitalism. Sixty-six percent of the poll’s respondents said corporate America “embodies everything that is wrong about America.”


Rational Nation USA said...

This could be a double edged sword. Mistakes have a way of coming home to roost. Hopefully that won't happen. True mutual bipartisan and a sense of cohesiveness will be key. IMO anyway, and I don't see that happening any time soon.

The Honorable, Esteemed And Distinguished Judge Dervish Sanders (A High IQ Bourgeois Elitist) said...

Now only if they'd get out to vote in higher percentages. According to 2/23/2016 Salon article "a great percentage of young people, despite their enthusiasm, never bother voting". If their turnout matched their enthusiasm the 2016 Democratic potus nominee would win by a large margin. And they'd ensure that Bernie Sanders was that nominee. Instead I think the nominee will be Hillary Clinton (and she will win by a narrower margin).

Rational Nation USA said...

Can't argue with much there Dervish. Although I continue to have some reservations about Sanders. He really is a modern day Franklin Roosevelt.

HRC doesn't do anything to win my support at all, but if I were voting democratic primary I would have to vote Sanders because I believe he is at least honest.

Basically, slim pickings again for 2016. Probably a choice between Sanders or Johnson for me. Holding decision until the last minute most likely. I am interested in hearing someone discuss budgetary issues and the debt in realistic terms and how we are going to remain afloat as the national debnt continues to grow. As it surely will regards of who is in power.

Infidel753 said...

Thank goodness. Adding this to the already-abundant data showing that the rising young people are the least religious and most gay-friendly generation in US history, we can finally see some hope of building a more decent and humane society in the future.

The Trumpolines think they're the revolution, but in fact they're just the latest incarnation of conservatism "standing athwart history, yelling 'stop'" -- when it's already too late.

Kevin Robbins said...

I don't care for the adjective terrifyingly. How about reassuringly?