Skip to comments.Meet the Millennials (Reason-Rupe poll)
Posted on 07/17/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
American millennials, ages 18-29, are one of the largest, most diverse cohorts in the nations history.
Fifty-six percent self-identify as Caucasian, 19 percent as Hispanic, 15 percent as African-American or black, six percent as Asian, and four percent as another race. In contrast, 73 percent of their parents generation, the Baby Boomers, are white, 10 percent are Hispanic, 11 percent are black, and four percent are Asian.
Millennials are also more likely to be members of families who have more recently come to the United States. The Pew Research Center reports that 14 percent of millennials were born outside of the United States and 11 percent have at least one immigrant parent. In contrast, only five percent of the Baby Boom generation had at least one parent who was foreign-born. Millennial nativity is actually most similar to the generation born before and during World War II, many of whose parents came to the U.S. during the immigration wave of the late 1800s.
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Not exactly the Minority Tsunami the media keeps telling us is coming.
I’ve been talking to some of these kids over on reddit, and let me tell you, a more helpless, aimless bunch you’ll never see. Employers seem to have to lure them to work, and check on them constantly, and the kids spend half their time griping about how little they are paid and the other half snarling about people who only care about money. Gaming and weed are the favored pastimes, and laziness and intellectual arrogance are the defining character traits. Who knows, maybe all 20-somethings are like this and I just don’t remember, but it’s not very appealing.
All 20 somethings are not like this, and the 20 somethings of the past were not all like this either.
But in the past there have been some slackers. That’s nothing new.
Maybe we have bigger percentages of slackers nowadays. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that.
I’m 34 and bust my ass, oftentimes working over 60 hours a week as a senior IT engineer. Meanwhile, a 28 year old junior admin under me is a clock watcher who can seldom be found in his cube.
When he DOES work, he’s a brilliant programmer and admin, but keeping him seated and on task is an exercise in futilty. It’s amazing how a difference of 6 years can make such a world of difference.
I’m involved in workforce development and we have a thriving business in teaching “soft skills” to millenials. All of the problems you report and endemic, and then some. It’s hard to get them to show up for work; concentrate when they are on the job and get along with their co-workers.
For some, the clue light comes on when they get fired, but many are completely oblivious. Why should they care? Statistically, more millenials than ever are living at home; they can remain on their parents’ health plan until 26 and they’ll take any bennie the government sends their way.
If I’m not mistaken, one of the findings from the Reason poll is that millenials acknowledge that government is completely broken, but they want more of it.
In the classic words of the maitre’ d from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “I weep for the future.” And Ferris was a go-getter compared to the current crop of slackers; at least he knew how to borrow a classic car and have fun while ditching school—and avoid getting caught.
Reason Magazine is a libertarian publication with an agenda.
Here is one of their findings on the most left wing voting generation in our history.
“”A socially liberal, fiscally conservative political candidate could succeed with millennials. 53 percent say they would support a candidate who was both socially liberal and fiscally conservative. In fact, liberal millennials (60 percent) are significantly more supportive of such a candidate than conservatives (43 percent). Social issues, more than economics, tend to define their political labels and shape their political judgments.””
Ferris was also creative, reasoned well and had a hot girlfriend.
A big part of that pattern is that they’ve Bern raised/indictrinated to believe that social issues are more important than economic ones.
Thats why it’s hard for Conservatives to find any sort of common cause with them. Unless you come to the discussion supporting gay marriage, etc they arent even willing to listen to you on anything else.
And their parents are continuing to enable it by denying them the economic slap in the face they really need. They’ll eventually come around, but by then it will be too late. But we’ll at least have the guilty pleasure of seeing them freak out when they learn, quickly and brutally, that choices have conseqences...
I guess it depends on what you experience. I have three children that are in this generation. Ages, 18, 23 and 25. All are college graduates, the 18 y/o is in third year, two are married (one grand child - after being married), third to be married in January. All working full time since high school (homeschooled from day one) all through college, and continue to do so with exception the one with the child (husband is active duty nuc sub officer in training). All involved in politics, one (along with her husband) co-chaired Romney’s local campaign in ‘08 and ‘12 (not my candidate, but still proud of them) the other a Ron Paul supporter. The 18 y/o is all about free market, freedom and keep the govt the hell out of our lives. Every generation has it’s strong and weak. Yes, this generation has it’s share of potheads, whiners and complainers...society and social institutions has a lot to do with it, but I lay the blame (or praise) squarely at the feet of the parents. Those that are involved, engaged and instill faith, tough love, discipline, patriotism and the knowledge that your responsible for your own damn successes and failures should (not always, of course) be pleased with the results. Have they made all the choices that mom and dad would want them to? Of course not, nor should we expect them to, but they understand decisions have consequences and there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Along those lines, something that I have noticed among my young conservative friends which troubles me greatly, is that they are only conservative on the topics that they have decided to be conservative on.
In other words, they don’t seem to be “genetically” conservative, or “naturally” conservative, which I think is largely a symptom of social liberalism.
A true conservative’s first instinct is to have a conservative take on even topics that he has not thought about, but that isn’t the case with the younger conservatives, when trying to explain how gay marriage will destroy marriage, you have to start at square one and educate them in history and culture, and the family as foundation, etc, etc, it is exhausting and all to win a single convert.
Why not leave the most divisive “social issues” up to individual states?
Divisive social issues?
At least I know that I am talking to a liberal.
You think abortion and marriage and the homosexual agenda, and American culture and traditional American conservatism and Christian roots are just divisive stuff?
Those issues have to be fought at all levels of government, never support a candidate who is anti-conservative whether it is for city government, or county, or state, or federal.
Never support liberals.
Millenials are socially ill.
Just call them “illenials”.
It is because they don’t have or understand core values or principles. They seem to be devoid of a principle that they make judgement or decisions on. The response to these questions indicates... they only learned how to take the test and only know the answers to specific questions. They can’t reason by extension or logic. They are confused, they want their cake and to eat it too indicating they are spoiled utopians who have never had to make hard choices involving exclusion of one thing in favor of another.
They are profoundly confused and without direction.
The Reason-Rupe report finds this skepticism of government has millennials favoring general reductions to government spending and regulations:
73 percent of millennials favor allowing private accounts for Social Security; 51 percent favor private accounts even it means cutting Social Security benefits for current and future retirees because 53 percent of millennials say Social Security is unlikely to exist when they retire
64 percent of millennials say cutting government spending by 5 percent would help the economy
59 percent say cutting taxes would help the economy
57 percent prefer a smaller government providing fewer services with low taxes, while 41 percent prefer a larger government providing more services with high taxes
57 percent want a society where wealth is distributed according to achievement
55 percent say reducing regulations would help the economy
53 percent say reducing the size of government would help the economy
74 percent of millennials say government has a responsibility to guarantee every citizen has a place to sleep and enough to eat
However, millennials also support more government action and higher spending in a number of key areas:
71 percent favor raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour
69 percent say it is governments responsibility to guarantee everyone access to health care and 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act
68 percent say government should ensure everyone makes a living wage
66 percent say raising taxes on the wealthy would help the economy
63 percent say spending more on job training would help the economy
58 percent say the government should spend more on assistance to the poor even it means higher taxes
57 percent favor spending more money on infrastructure
54 percent favor a larger government that provides more services, when taxes are not mentioned
54 percent want government to guarantee everyone a college education
Sixty-two percent of millennials describe themselves as socially liberal, while 27 percent say they are socially conservative. The gap is much narrower on economic issues, with 49 percent of millennials identifying themselves as economic liberals and 36 percent labeling themselves as economic conservatives.
Millennials social liberalism is mixed with strong opposition to many nanny state regulations:
72 percent of millennials say large sugary sodas and drinks should be allowed to be sold
67 percent of millennials favor legalizing same-sex marriage
61 percent say abortion should be legal in all or most cases
61 percent say people should be able to buy foods containing trans fats
60 percent want to allow e-cigarette use in public places
59 percent say the government should allow online gambling
57 percent say marijuana should be legal, although just 22 percent say cocaine should be legal
52 percent say either the government should not set a legal drinking age or that the legal drinking age should be lower than 21
I support none of those things, but again, why not leave them up to individual state’s legislatures?
What does this have to with this thread, and why would a conservative want to find an excuse to support liberal candidates?
A city council candidate has a chance of someday being a Mayor and negotiating labor contracts, or a Governor, or a congressman, or a Senator or a presidential candidate.
Of the total M population
36% would vote Rat
Hide your money.
Which state should decide federal policy on abortion, and gay marriage, and the homosexual agenda, and other “social issues” at the federal level, in immigration, federal employment and benefits, the military, federal hospitals and medical facilities, and in foreign policy, etc?
Should we nominate Senators, Presidential candidates, and congressmen who were social liberals locally, to make those laws and decisions and policy at the federal level?
States decide for states.
IE: California would decide for California.
Minnesota would decide for Minnesota.
“Don’t make a federal case out of it”.
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