Skip to comments.Generation Y sides with (John) Howard
Posted on 03/18/2007 8:59:09 PM PDT by naturalman1975
JOHN Howard is enjoying strong support among voters younger than 30, but he risks losing office to a backlash from their parents.
A benchmark study of public attitudes, conducted last month and detailed to The Australian, shows the Prime Minister was in trouble with the electorate before Kevin Rudd became Labor leader last December.
The big issues that were turning people off him and the Government were climate change and Work Choices - but not interest rates - according to the focus groups run for the Ipsos Mackay Report a month ago.
The findings contain a mixed blessing for Labor. While voters are interested in the new Opposition Leader, they don't know him.
There is also an expectation that Mr Howard will "pull a rabbit out of the hat" at the last minute to secure a fifth term for the Coalition.
Nevertheless, the danger for him is that his core constituencies of middle-income families and the over-55s are beginning to fret about the future and are considering the switch to Labor.
Offsetting this trend is the rising conservatism of the so-called Generation Y - the younger-than-30 voter bloc that has never known recession.
Typical of the group is Tarran Miller, a 19-year-old who has reaped the rewards of the resources boom while working at a mine in Mt Keith, in Western Australia's north.
He will cast his first vote at the federal election this year but has rejected the case for change.
"Employment's at an all-time low so they (the Liberals) are not doing anything too bad," he said.
"Don't change it until it's broke."
His parents see it differently. Derek and Denise Miller are Howard voters but are showing strong interest in Mr Rudd.
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Generatinon Y support for PM Howard
This coming from Generation X gal
Howard stands up to his critics and isn't afraid of the media.
Wish we had a Republican candidate like him.
How on earth do the Aussies even consider turning against Howard? And how is this even close?
Their economy has been booming, unemployment is at an all-time low, and he provides a vocal and strong voice for them across the world.
It's preposterous that this is even a contest.
Take a look at the transcript from an interview where he dealt with a scandal (about a billion times better than Bush, I'll add):
The press tries to devour them, and Howard merely swipes them away.