I just read something that will certainly make the future just a bit brighter for a lot of people. A poll was taken recently and it shows that young people between the ages of 18-29 are rejecting the ideals of the Republican party and it could hurt the party’s chances for ‘generations to come.’ I don’t know about that claim, but I would certainly be happy if the Republican Party just fell apart. Here is what the main issues are for these young people:
Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said.
Iraq, global warming, same sex marriage and illegal immigration. These are all issues that the Republican Party has built its foundations on, and it looks like that was a big mistake. Read more:
The startling collapse of GOP support among young voters is reflected in the poll’s findings that show two-thirds of young voters surveyed believe Democrats do a better job than Republicans of representing their views – even on issues Republicans once owned, such as terrorism and taxes.
…Today, "on every single issue, Democrats are doing better with young people – no matter what the issue is," said Greenberg.
"This is a more diverse generation, racially and ethnically, and it’s more progressive on social issues like gay marriage," Greenberg said. "They see the Republican Party as profoundly different on tolerance and identity."
The poll also suggests the GOP is not addressing young voters’ deep concerns about their future economic security. "Young people’s economic struggles, more than any other issue, defines their political agenda," she said.
Although this sounds like good news to me, I am going to hold off on any celebrating. Unfortunately the margin of error was not released with this poll, and to make it worse, the company taking the poll is associated with Democrats and the founder, Stan Greenberg, was a pollster for President Clinton. But with those caveats, I am still happy to see results like these.
Here are the poll results: