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Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats
New York Times ^ | September 2, 2010 | KIRK JOHNSON

Posted on 09/02/2010 8:34:56 PM PDT by reaganaut1

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.

Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.

“Is the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?” asked Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group. “The jury is still out.”

How and whether millions of college students vote will help determine if Republicans win enough seats to retake the House or Senate, overturning the balance of power on Capitol Hill, and with it, Mr. Obama’s agenda. If students tune out and stay home it will also carry a profound message for American society about a generation that seemed so ready, so recently, to grab national politics by the lapels and shake.

All those questions are in play here in Larimer County, about an hour north of Denver, for the more than 25,000 students at Colorado State University.

Larimer, like much of Colorado, was once solidly Republican but went Democratic in the last few elections and is now contested by both sides. It is seen as a signal beacon for an increasingly unpredictable state.

Kristin Johnson, 23, like many other students interviewed here in recent days, said that a vote for Democrats in 2008, however passionate it was, did not a Democrat make. But she bristles just as much at the idea of being called a Republican.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: generationy; nevermind; swingvote; umbrellas; youthvote

1 posted on 09/02/2010 8:34:57 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Being young, educated and unemployed probably isn’t “working” for them.


2 posted on 09/02/2010 8:37:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Hanoi Boi" Kerry tops wealthiest lawmakers at $188.6 million! "Berthers" Rule!)
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To: reaganaut1

According to the article, the economic toll is so bad under Obama they’re considering voting Republican. I thought the reason they voted for Obama was because the economic toll was so bad under Bush?

What would the media coverage be like if the economy was like this under Bush?


3 posted on 09/02/2010 8:38:20 PM PDT by exist
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4 posted on 09/02/2010 8:38:59 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: reaganaut1

I was wondering what was going to happen when lib democrats quit having kids.


5 posted on 09/02/2010 8:39:35 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Didn’t Bismarck say something about this?
(young and older voters)????


6 posted on 09/02/2010 8:41:29 PM PDT by ak267
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Professor Jimmy Carter taught my generation a powerful lesson, at least those of us who were smart enough to learn. This may be the only useful thing Obama will do for the current crop of college age kids willing to learn the same lesson.


7 posted on 09/02/2010 8:43:57 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: reaganaut1

And their student loans that have been nationalized is not helpful.


8 posted on 09/02/2010 8:44:21 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: huldah1776
I was wondering what was going to happen when lib democrats quit having kids.

They are replaced by women married to the government having illegitimate kids.

9 posted on 09/02/2010 8:44:51 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids (Mugabi will look like Reagan when this thing is over with)
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To: Vigilanteman

You got that right.


10 posted on 09/02/2010 8:48:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Hanoi Boi" Kerry tops wealthiest lawmakers at $188.6 million! "Berthers" Rule!)
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To: Roscoe Karns
 

It's all good.

11 posted on 09/02/2010 8:49:13 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids

Yes, that and importation of third worlders who are conditioned to believe that working Americans can support them too.


12 posted on 09/02/2010 8:50:44 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats

*snicker*

That shit didn't last long...

13 posted on 09/02/2010 8:53:51 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: reaganaut1

I understand a lot of kids on college campus are finding a new hero in Thomas Sowell.


14 posted on 09/02/2010 8:58:19 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

I understand a lot of kids on college campus are finding a new hero in Thomas Sowell.

***********

I cannot imagine a worse thing for the leftist herd.

That is cheerful news.


15 posted on 09/02/2010 9:01:54 PM PDT by Psalm 144
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To: Psalm 144

Yes it is.


16 posted on 09/02/2010 9:03:06 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Roscoe Karns

ROFL!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 09/02/2010 9:03:51 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Part of that 9.5% that's really more like 20%, Let's call it what it is: The Great O-pression)
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To: Psalm 144
"I understand a lot of kids on college campus are finding a new hero in Thomas Sowell."

I would seriously consider cutting off a minor appendage if Sowell would run for POTUS!

18 posted on 09/02/2010 9:07:04 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: freekitty

Wow, I hope that’s true.


19 posted on 09/02/2010 9:09:21 PM PDT by DB
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To: ak267

Didn’t Bismarck say something about this?
(young and older voters)????

*************

I think you have Winston Churchill in mind:
“If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”

He had some ‘splainin’ to do about his own earlier political views.

As for the “Iron Chancellor” of Prussia and the German Empire, I think he gave far more thought to railways, Krupp guns, Mauser rifles and conscription rolls than he did to voters.


20 posted on 09/02/2010 9:09:53 PM PDT by Psalm 144
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To: Vigilanteman
As an exMasshole and life long Conservative, thanks Grandpa, I have noticed a rightward movement among the under 40 crowd, my kids.

My son has from day one has thought that voting rat should be a hanging offense but I was amazed when my daughter, three Degrees, started talking Conservative and I pick up the same noise from their friends, maybe times they are a changing.

21 posted on 09/02/2010 9:18:57 PM PDT by Little Bill (`-)
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To: reaganaut1

My daughter’s government class at the local junior college today had an interesting discussion regarding our current state of affairs and our government.

When the instructor asked how many watched Obama’s speech on Wednesday, it was discovered NO ONE in the class watched his speech.

When asked by the instructor how many identified themselves as Democrats only 3 raised their hands.

When asked what their thoughts were on the type of government we have in America, the entire class stated our form of government is the BEST in the world. The problem is not with the form of government, but the corruption which seems to be pervasive among politicians of both parties.

The students stated they did not want to change the government we were founded on, just the politicians.

They also wanted the government agencies to SHRINK, they wanted LESS taxes, and they wanted the government out of their lives.

Several who had lived in other countries (besides Mexico!) stated that what they liked about this country were the freedoms we enjoyed here.

My daughter was able to express her conservative viewpoints without feeling intimidated by the instructor or fellow students. Surprisingly, as she explained her conservative positions on issues, others in the class joined in agreeing with her.

I thought their responses were interesting.


22 posted on 09/02/2010 9:23:41 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: Roscoe Karns

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


23 posted on 09/02/2010 9:30:41 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Profitmaking is a VIRTUE, not a Vice.)
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To: Texas56

Bear in mind our kids who have never had any .guv help are scraping by on pissant jobs, watching their ‘diverse’ friends/families making out pretty good on the dole.

And when they finally make enough money to pay taxes, reality sinks in.


24 posted on 09/02/2010 9:36:11 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: reaganaut1

Maybe, just maybe, the message is getting through........YOUNGER VOTERS....are going to have to PAY THE TAXES to support the BLOATED GOVERNMENT SPENDING!!!


25 posted on 09/02/2010 9:36:45 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Profitmaking is a VIRTUE, not a Vice.)
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To: reaganaut1

So that hopey changy thing really does suck for the college kids.Not willing to vote Republican yet?Things dont suck enough yet for them.But it will.


26 posted on 09/02/2010 10:05:31 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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