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Young, plugged in and Democrat (Barf in the nearest can Alert)
Seattle Times ^ | 5-24-2007 | Joni Balter

Posted on 05/24/2007 1:12:52 PM PDT by MooseMan

While everyone else is focusing on Bush incompetence and the red-state/blue-state standoff, a more significant and quiet revolution is under way among younger voters. They are identifying more and more with the Democratic Party.

In an effort to classify the newest generation of voters, researchers say obvious things about those now ages 18 to 25. These so-called Gen Nexters rely heavily on technology and the Internet. Knew that. They maintain close contact with parents and family. Figured that. They wear a ton of tattoos. Yes, of course.

What most people may not realize is how noticeably these people are moving away from the Republican Party, compared with the same age group 20 years ago, which was much more comfortable with the GOP.

Forty-eight percent of Gen Next identify more with the Democratic Party while just 35 percent feel connected to the GOP, according to recent data from the prestigious, nonpartisan Pew Research Center, making this the least-Republican generation of all generations currently voting.

The 2006 mid-term elections revealed a proclivity for Democrats among most voters. The tendency is to dismiss this voting bloc because younger people are notoriously lame at voting. But Pew noticed an uptick in their participation in the 2004 presidential election.

"I see the Democrats as offering a new response to a lot of issues right now," said Mike Alston, a 20-year-old sophomore at Seattle University who's active in Young Democrats. "Global warming is huge now among my generation. We've had Republicans leading both houses and the presidency and they have had no answer to global warming."

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barf; politics; wa
Wow! Stunning evidence that young, immature people (who don't vote), favor Democrats.
1 posted on 05/24/2007 1:12:56 PM PDT by MooseMan
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To: MooseMan
If the Seattle Times printed it, it must be true!

Either that or it's WISHFUL THINKING:


2 posted on 05/24/2007 1:19:45 PM PDT by relictele
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To: MooseMan

Brainwashing by the NEA having short-term effects. Wait ‘till they turn 30, expect to earn a decent income and discover that:

a) Government jobs don’t pay squat.
b) Businesses are only looking for people with real skills
c) If they are making some decent income, the government is confiscating way too much of it, or
d) All of the above.


3 posted on 05/24/2007 1:22:20 PM PDT by henkster (Al Gore is the second coming...of Trofim Lysenko)
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To: MooseMan
those now ages 18 to 25. These so-called Gen Nexters rely heavily on technology and the Internet. Knew that. They maintain close contact with parents and family. Figured that. They wear a ton of tattoos. Yes, of course.

The tendency is to dismiss this voting bloc because younger people are notoriously lame at voting.

a 20-year-old sophomore at Seattle University who's active in Young Democrats. "Global warming is huge now among my generation.

They want someone new, someone able to heal the rift between our nation and the rest of the world. That bodes well for Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination and perhaps for Rudy Giuliani for Republicans.

Put the underlines together...

Really puts the Seattle Times article in perspective.
4 posted on 05/24/2007 1:22:22 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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...according to recent data from the prestigious, nonpartisan Pew Research Center, ...

chortle


5 posted on 05/24/2007 1:23:56 PM PDT by daku ("Behold this creature that walks like a man. It wants ketchup on its hot dog.")
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None of my 18 year old daughters friends have tatoos. Perhaps a few of my 24 year old daughters do have them, but they are a minority, and they are no-doubt small classic girly things like butterflys on the ankle or things.

I'm sure the Seattle Grunge Generation 2.0 with facial tatoos, blue hair, enough metal in their face to fill a 10 gauge shotgun shell, and a variety of bad drug habits -- are all Democrats.

If they remember to vote (or the Donkey machine does it for them, as is a Seattle tradition) then they will continue to be part of the neo-socialist coalition imposing illegitimate governance of Washington from King County /Seattle.

None of this is representative of anything larger, in my opinion, however.

6 posted on 05/24/2007 1:24:15 PM PDT by Jack Black
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Not to mention they have been told that everything comes easy if you wish REALLY hard for it and you cannot be told no since it hurts your self-esteem.

I know plenty of less than 30’s that think they are CEO material after a couple years on the job of just coming to work 6+ hours a day.


7 posted on 05/24/2007 1:26:34 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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Fascinating layer upon layer of deception.

They vote more dem than any other gen currently voting [This has always been true] but they fail to demonstrate that they are doing this more than say the 60s generation at that time.

There probably has been an uptick for dems in this group but they have lost a lot in that category during the last 20 years. This age group revered Reagan as a hero. This is highly problematic for dem spinners.


8 posted on 05/24/2007 1:28:37 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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Generation Next experienced something altogether different. They came of age as George Bush was bumbling through the war, trashing America's image worldwide and spending like a crazy man.

Editorial bias?

9 posted on 05/24/2007 1:29:57 PM PDT by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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Any time I read something like this I always think about that one NY reporter who said after Nixon’s landslide victory, “I don’t know anybody who voted for Nixon.”.


10 posted on 05/24/2007 1:32:21 PM PDT by Bigoleelephant (Lawyers are to America what lead was to Rome.)
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To: henkster
Wait ‘till they turn 30

As Sir Winston Churchill was oft quoted, "If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain".

11 posted on 05/24/2007 1:37:47 PM PDT by xroadie
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Young, plugged in and Democrat

Oh, I thought this was another story on the iGasm.
12 posted on 05/24/2007 1:47:41 PM PDT by true_blue_texican (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic...)
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To: MooseMan
a more significant and quiet revolution is under way

Only serves to demonstrate that this writer has the IQ of rock. Most kids associate with Dims and their fairy tale view of the world. As they mature, have to start paying taxes and have responsibilities (kids, mortgage, etc.) they grow up & wise up.

13 posted on 05/24/2007 1:52:30 PM PDT by Renkluaf
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Funny story. My son who is 28 was talking to my neighbor, George, about how Bush is a fool, yadda yadda yadda, all the usual liberal gibberish. He had only recently met George and since he is a 50 year old guy in shorts and barefoot all the time (it’s Arizona) with white hair and looking like Dr. Emmit Brown from “Back to the future”....He ASSUMED George is a lib. Man, did he get an earful! LOL! Me, I never assume someones politics by appearance. At times it might surprise you.


14 posted on 05/24/2007 1:54:53 PM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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Wow! Stunning evidence that young, immature people (who don't vote), favor Democrats.

That's only part of it.

George Bush is an embarrassment. His gaffes and verbal buffoonery haven't gone unnoticed.

If a young person is looking for a political party to latch on to, would they seriously consider the party headed by a guy that comes off sounding like an idiot?

Reagan had the opposite effect. He even managed to turn my 50 year old dad and long-time Democrat into a Republican.

Reagan knew the value of inspiring, direct and clear communication. He had charisma and confidence.

Bush is no Reagan. He's the GOP's Carter, only less articulate!

15 posted on 05/24/2007 1:58:39 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: MooseMan
Young, plugged in and Democrat ....


16 posted on 05/24/2007 2:06:16 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Why canít we start solving the problem by breaking up Big Government?"- MortMan)
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To: TLI
"Global warming is huge now among my generation.

I'd like to see a survey on just how many of them would prefer to bike, walk or take public transportation instead of borrowing the car.

That will tell you how huge it is.

17 posted on 05/24/2007 2:15:50 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

That`s about the scariest looking thing I`ve ever
seen. That can`t be real tho,I hope.


18 posted on 05/24/2007 2:29:24 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Duncan Hunter / Fred Thompson,)
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To: MooseMan
These so-called Gen Nexters rely heavily on technology and the Internet. Knew that. They maintain close contact with parents and family.

Let me guess, they live in their parents basement?

19 posted on 05/24/2007 2:53:21 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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There has ALWAYS been this claim floating around, that young folk vote a Democratican ticket.

Mostly to stick a finger in their parent’s eye, more than from any conviction.

But about the third or forth time they actually get around to voting, they begin to see the wisdom of staying away from too much “innovation”.


20 posted on 05/24/2007 3:10:12 PM PDT by alloysteel (For those who cannot turn back time, there is always the option of re-writing history.)
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Since when has Pew been non-partisan. It is a far-left, progressive think tank.


21 posted on 05/24/2007 4:07:50 PM PDT by deebee1
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“the prestigious, nonpartisan Pew Research Center”

And I’m the king of England.

Pew is the Marxist propaganda organ for the rat party. Pew was behind the criminal campaign finance fiasco.

John Fund at the wall street journal has it all documented here -

http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110006449


22 posted on 05/24/2007 4:38:01 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Give Hillary a 50Ę coupon for Betty Crocker's devils food mix & tell her to go home and bake a cake)
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Pew is an appropriate term, since they’re all skunks.


23 posted on 05/24/2007 4:39:31 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: mc6809e
I presume that you are speaking primarily about Mr. Bush's verbal fluency in this comment:

George Bush is an embarrassment. His gaffes and verbal buffoonery haven't gone unnoticed.

If a young person is looking for a political party to latch on to, would they seriously consider the party headed by a guy that comes off sounding like an idiot?

If verbal fluency is an indicator of intelligence, then one would have to say that all car salesmen are geniuses. No?

24 posted on 05/24/2007 7:16:34 PM PDT by OldPossum
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