Skip to comments.Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party
Posted on 08/27/2007 7:43:51 AM PDT by SmithL
Two larger-than-life politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan, charged into the California governor's office with the help of young voters, many of whom were drawn to the Republican Party by a message of sunny optimism.
But what those two very different Republican politicians did to attract millions of young adults looks to be a feat the Grand Old Party may not repeat anytime soon - either in California or on the national level in the 2008 presidential election.
A Democracy Corps poll from the Washington firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner suggests voters ages 18 to 29 have undergone a striking political evolution in recent years.
Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said.
The startling collapse of GOP support among young voters is reflected in the poll's findings that show two-thirds of young voters surveyed believe Democrats do a better job than Republicans of representing their views - even on issues Republicans once owned, such as terrorism and taxes.
And among GOP presidential candidates, only former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani registers with more positive views than negative with young voters, the poll shows.
The anti-GOP shift for this generation - which is expected to reach 50 million voters, or 17 percent of the electorate, in 2008 - represents a marked contrast from their predecessors, the Gen Xers born in the mid-'60s to mid-'70s whose demographic represented the strongest Republican voters in the nation, pollster Anna Greenberg said.
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The study released last month of 1,017 voters ages 18-29 was conducted May 29-June 19. Voters were reached by a random telephone survey, through the Internet and on cell phones. The poll did not disclose a margin of error.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner is a polling firm generally affiliated with Democrats. Its founder, Stan Greenberg, was a pollster for Democratic President Bill Clinton.
How did they get the Internet and cell phone contact information?
For, a generation which does not know its history, is destined to repeat it.
Where’s the barf alert? It’s amazing that many young San Franciscans support Republicans. Then again, when you have a political party that has population-controlled, aborted, and gayed itself out of relevance you have to find anything that’ll buck up the troops.
I’m 40, and I know many people, of many ages, who are disenchanted with the republican party because too many Republicans are too liberal.
Oh the ignorance. Don’t even know where to start. It’s the equivalent of saying young people were fired up in NC about electing John Edwards and Jesse Helms.
More wishfull thinking and rigged polling passed on as “news”.
It’s no wonder they are disenchanted. They are bombarded 24-7 on all sides by our wildly liberally biased media in all forms. People in this age range are still very impressionable in their opinions. When all you hear is that Republicans are evil, dishonest and unethical people it’s no wonder they have negative feelings toward them.
Wait until they hit the real world. Suddenly many of them will become Republicans.
I’m 21 years old and voting for Duncan Hunter. These people have their heads up their butts.
“If you are not a liberal at age 20, you have no heart. If you are not a conservative at age 40, you have no brain.” - Sir Winston CHurchill
Where is the immigration issue on this chart?
...said the ‘Sam FrankDickso Liar-suckle’....
Just wait 'til these young folks actually have to start paying them.
According to one view on the subject, younger voters have NEVER been enchanted with the Republican party. That is not to say younger voters never vote Republican, as from time to time, they are even LESS enchanted by the Democratican party.
Their one saving grace is that Democratican politicians can be even more shallow and venal than Republicans, and they go for cheap advantages every time.
Probably from youtube or Facebook.
My oldest is going to be able to vote this time around, and she is so excited about it. She is already reading up on as much as she can. As a matter of fact, the other day we were talking about Duncan Hunter, and I said something I thought I knew about him, and she jumped all over me about it and corrected me. I’m so proud of her :).
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