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Re: “Youth in revolt

"The left historically commands a clear edge over the Republican Party when it comes to attracting youth, and young Republicans recognize the Democratic Party is not an easy force to overcome."

Actually, this is a popular myth. In reality, these things go in cycles. For example, in the 1980s, as Alex P. Keaton was coming of age on television, youth were pretty damn conservative. These are the same people, now in their 30s and 40s, who, with senior citizens, formed the heart of John McCain's base.

Research shows that a generational cohort actually maintains its values moving forward in time. So even though we think youth become more conservative as they age, studies show that political attitudes and party identification actually have a better chance of staying constant over time.

Posted by bergerc84 on 10/08/2010 at 5:53 AM

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