Skip to comments.Can the GOP Win Over Millennials in 2014?
Posted on 10/18/2013 12:25:16 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
The RNCs Growth and Opportunity Project, released in March, .... 14 recommendations intended to attract young voters, including forming a celebrity task force, empowering younger voices in digital issues, having Republicans appear more frequently on previously ignored media outlets, and making the party more welcoming.
The (College Republican National Committee)'s report, released in June, focused exclusively on young voters and was scathing in its assessment of how negatively young voters saw the Republican Party. Most salient among its findings were the feedback from focus groups composed of potential Republican voters. In addition to noting that they didnt expect the GOP to reach out to them, participants described the party as closed-minded, racist, rigid and old-fashioned.
.... Weve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but wont offer you a hand to help you get there, the report concluded.
A Rebranding Problem, or a Policy Problem?
While Republicans have taken steps to expand their outreach to young voters in the months since then, they have yet to make tangible progress, a number of observers say.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
"The GOP could very well see another poor showing with young voters in the midterms. A Pew Research poll released earlier in the week showed that among voters age 18-29, Democrats maintained a 21-point advantage over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot."
No not the way they lost the CR battle.
Won’t 90% of Millenials be paying an extra $90 to the government by 2014? They’ll still vote for rats.
Sure, run on a platform of quality Facebook and Twitter time for everyone.
I really want to know how well ‘Life of Julia’ is being received by the Millennials.
It many cases where people aren't as informed its not even the issues that matter, but rather the confident social dominance the left displays is what wins voters over.
And they will have trouble finding full time jobs and receiving sticker shock from increased health care costs.
They are going to be disillusioned next year with the status quo. It is time for grass roots conservatism to win them.
Yes, they will. They'll just demand bigger subsidies and blame the Republicans.
You forgot to add, “because Jon Stewart told them the $90 is the Republican’s fault.” I’m so mad I could spit.
The Millennials are a massive cohort. Baby boomers are dying off and Gen X is half the size of the Millennials. The GOP better figure out how to appeal to them or they will be swamped for years.
According to the article, the mid-term spread (21-point advantage Dems) is the more favorable for GOP.
In 2016, Dems run Hillary (let’s say) it will probably OWN the youth votes, just like the phenom Obama. Or the next crop of youth votes.
participants described the party as closed-minded, racist, rigid and old-fashioned.
What's new ?
Just a few issues can define the differences.
We need to stay within those issues.
1. NSA, spying on Americans. 2. ObamaCare. 3. Individualism.
It's dead, Jim.
I think someone like Ted Cruz can easily appeal to the college set. It will take some dedication to winning them over. More than just one campus visit. He’s prett relentless. I think he can do it.
Reading this excerpt capturing the younger voters means moving left. Romney wasn’t moderate enough for them.
Never mind the fact that Congressman Byrd, who was a card carrying KKK member, was a Democrat. I remember being young and assuming there was only one side to every story.
Sit each one of them down to register for Obamacare before they vote
The Democrats have successfully (and absurdly) convinced young people they are the more libertarian-minded party. They have gotten away with it because so many Republicans look and talk like Disciplinarian Dad, straight from central casting.
The challenge for Republicans will be to publicly draw the link between Democrat "free stuff for all/be kind to the poor/minorities are victims" policies and the inevitable fascist outcomes of those policies. They have to show that free ObamaCare for cancer victim Ben is paid for at the point of a government gun shoved in barista Suzy's face. They have to demonstrate to the feel-good kids how supporting "Justice for Trayvon" means their little cousin Jane will soon be headed to the hospital with facial fractures because Trayvon's peers, emboldened by the rhetoric of the race-baiters, now enjoy the occasional evening round of "Knockout King". They have to explain how immoral it is to expand government programs using money our unborn great-grandchildren haven't earned yet.
In short, to appeal to a younger generation that naturally sees themselves as outsiders, Republicans are going to have to say things that piss off insiders. It's still a tall order due to the peerless work on behalf of International Socialism done by our public education establishment over the last 40 years, but it isn't going to get any easier five years from now.