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What is so appealing about Ron Paul to young voters?
FOX News ^ | 1/31/12 | Karin Agness

Posted on 01/31/2012 12:00:06 PM PST by presidio9

The first primaries of 2012 are complete, but the fight over the proper role of government continues. The question before GOP primary voters is who best reflects their own answer to that question, and then, who is best suited to make that case to the American people?

A clear winner has yet to emerge, but there is little question about who has captured the loyalty of young Republican voters on this issue. Although finishing fourth overall, Ron Paul once again won the youth vote in South Carolina, winning 31% of ages 18-29, compared to Newt Gingrich who won 28%. Paul’s appeal, or more accurately, the appeal of Paul’s limited government message, is a key story to emerge from the Republican primaries.

There’s no mistaking the trend.

Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary, getting approximately 39% of the total vote. Ron Paul finished second with 23%, Jon Huntsman finished third with 17%, and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum each won about 9% of the vote.

Yet young voters would have picked a different winner. According to Fox News exit polls, in New Hampshire, Paul won nearly half (46%) of the votes of people ages 18-29, while Romney won second place with just 26%.

Paul also won the youth vote in Iowa. In the Hawkeye State almost half (48%) of the Republican caucus goers ages 18-29 supported Paul, compared to 23% for the otherwise victorious Santorum, and 14% for Romney.

What is so appealing about Paul to young voters? One answer is that Paul has been the most outspoken candidate defending the importance of free enterprise and the limited role of government. And he has had a

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1 posted on 01/31/2012 12:00:08 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

I talk to younger friend of mine he claim that Ron Paul speak to young people I think he is Ross Perot of millium generation


2 posted on 01/31/2012 12:03:08 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: presidio9
RP is pro-drug, anti-war, and anti-tax, the "no consequences" candidate.

What's not to like for a young person?

3 posted on 01/31/2012 12:03:52 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: presidio9

I’m not entirely unsympathetic. Four years of Barack Obama might make me want to hide behind some bong smoke too.

Ron Paul is appealing to green (in the sense of immature) idealists who don’t appreciate that a politician with a huge hole in his policies is just not the person to put in the Oval Office even if he made it to Congress.


4 posted on 01/31/2012 12:04:21 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: presidio9

You. Nailed. It!


5 posted on 01/31/2012 12:04:27 PM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: presidio9

NAILED IT!


6 posted on 01/31/2012 12:04:44 PM PST by GraceG
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To: presidio9

Yep. That's the appeal. Sadly.

7 posted on 01/31/2012 12:04:51 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: presidio9

They like his hippie live and let live anti-war message.

I know of many younger folks who are drawn to him for that reason.

Personally, I think he’s a kook.


8 posted on 01/31/2012 12:05:01 PM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: presidio9

Very , very simple. Legalization of drugs. That puts him in their peer group.


9 posted on 01/31/2012 12:05:07 PM PST by Cyman
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To: presidio9
What is so appealing about Ron Paul to young voters?

Yep, weed.

Of course, his foreign policy lunacy will have the bad guys killing us all and taking the weed.

But logic and forethought are not traits of Paultards.

10 posted on 01/31/2012 12:05:25 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: presidio9

Ganja.


11 posted on 01/31/2012 12:05:44 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: presidio9

One word.

Doobie.


12 posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:21 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Come on, it’s because he’s anti-establishment. Young people tend to be more rebellious by nature.


13 posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:30 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: presidio9

14 posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:48 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: presidio9
What is so appealing about Ron Paul to young voters?

The same things that make them participate in the OWS camp outs. Anything weird or "edgy" is great by them.

15 posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:50 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: presidio9

And they believe he will legalize certain controlled substances...duh!


16 posted on 01/31/2012 12:07:08 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: presidio9

1 - Drug legalization
2 - No troop deployment to foreign countries.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 12:08:02 PM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: presidio9

Paul will still be in the race the day after Gingrich drops out and endorses Romney.


18 posted on 01/31/2012 12:09:39 PM PST by edwords
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To: presidio9

Paul will still be in the race the day after Gingrich drops out and endorses Romney.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 12:09:49 PM PST by edwords
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To: presidio9

He is the anti-candidate. He is this generation’s version of the anti-establishment.

It could be worse...in my day the anti-establishment consisted of the dems inside the beltway. Outside the beltway: Bill Ayers, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and all of their cohorts.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 12:10:41 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: presidio9

VERY SIMPLE - HE WANTS TO NOT HAVE US TO BE SLAVES TO DEBT RUN UP BY BOOMERS AND OTHERS AND THE CONFISCATORY TAXES NEEDED TO PAY FOR IT!

Why is that so hard for the rabid RINO/NEOCON/FAUXCONs to grasp?


21 posted on 01/31/2012 12:10:46 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: presidio9

It’s pretty clear that this millennium generation is sorely lacking any education that relates to history. The public education (indoctrination) system has replaced history with social cometary featuring the progressive concept of feelings are greater than facts.
So, in that light it is possible to say we will end war by not participating. We can pretend to rebel against the man and can smoke our dope in peace.
They simply don’t seem to hear any of the grownup side of Paul’s arguments or else he conveniently fails to share them with the mushheads.


22 posted on 01/31/2012 12:11:09 PM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: presidio9

I think it goes deeper than just the legalization of marijuana, though I won’t deny that for some it is the reason for their support.

Ron Paul is far better situated within the Libertarian party than the so-called Libertarian wing of the Republican Party. (And personally I wish he would just go there instead of interfering with a party which he seems to hold in contempt.)

Young people are also iconoclastic. That label fits Ron Paul quite nicely. While he is very specific in describing the icons he wants to destroy, the youth are often less concerned with specificity and just happy to see someone tearing things down.

Finally, young are very often predisposed to libertarian ideology (nobody gets to tell me what to believe in or what to do) even though they often conflate “libertarianism” with “libertinism.”


23 posted on 01/31/2012 12:11:11 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: G Larry
Drug legalization

An excellent conservative idea, whether or not you'd use them yourself.

24 posted on 01/31/2012 12:11:28 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: presidio9

Simple. He is the only candidate that does not want to dump 50 trillion dollars of debt in their lap. The current generation is the only one in our history that is fine with the fact that the next generation will be worse off than the current one.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 12:13:22 PM PST by microgood
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To: presidio9
Besides most ofthe great reasons already mentioned, Paul is popular with youth because “Everyone else is doing it”. It is seen as “cool” to support Paul. Most young people are influenced more by their peers than anyone or anything else. That someone is popular is a good enough reason for more to jump on the Paul bandwagon. Last time it was Obama. One note: someone listed the anti-tax message of Paul as a reason young people are supporting him. I don't think that is a factor. They are not concerned about taxes. They don't have to pay them or pay very little.
26 posted on 01/31/2012 12:16:24 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: LucianOfSamasota

In my honest if not very humble opinion, America could do worse than to put many long nationally tolerated herbal medicines and medicinal herbs, at least in the form they were known pre-ban, back into the purview of private doctors, who would have to carry some kind of liability insurance against harm caused to patients by reckless prescribing. One does not want to encourage somebody becoming a perpetually dazed pot head any more than their becoming a liver corroded drunkard, but one thing prohibition should have taught America was that it brings out the worst side of sumptuary items.


27 posted on 01/31/2012 12:16:50 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: oneolcop
You. Nailed. It!

No. he missed it.

If those kids didn't believe in limited government, they would be manning the ramparts with the Occupiers.

Instead, they are reading Human Action and Atlas Shrugged.

In time, many will join the Conservative movement.

We need every one of them.

h/t to Gov. Palin

28 posted on 01/31/2012 12:18:00 PM PST by Kennard
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To: presidio9

Major clue: When Snoop Dogg comes out in support of an ancient, shriveled, white, raving madman, you KNOW its the possibility of drug legalization.


29 posted on 01/31/2012 12:18:28 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: newheart

“I think it goes deeper than just the legalization of marijuana, though I won’t deny that for some it is the reason for their support.”


You could also throw in that they don’t want to involved in endless wars and paying for them. Exactly like the Vietnam young. Paul is more like them than Romney or Gingrich.


30 posted on 01/31/2012 12:20:46 PM PST by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: microgood

Bingo.


31 posted on 01/31/2012 12:21:44 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: presidio9

To really get some valid data on this, you would have to talk ask young people that would vote for him. How many of them do you think are freepers?


32 posted on 01/31/2012 12:22:43 PM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: presidio9

Gee, maybe it’s because young people see the writing on the wall, that their future is being eviscerated by the extravagances and idiocy of the current generations in power. I fall into the 18-29 demographic and this is how I see it.

Like him or not, Ron Paul is one of the only ones talking about serious reforms to taxes, entitlement programs, curbing the nanny state, etc. So it’s a no-brainer that young people would find him appealing. The only other one talking about serious reforms of this scale is Newt Gingrich.


33 posted on 01/31/2012 12:23:31 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: presidio9

That’s not only why the “young” like him. There is a huge bloc of voters in America, of all ages, who will ALWAYS vote for the guy who says he wants pot legal. Classic single-issue voters.


34 posted on 01/31/2012 12:24:31 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Carry_Okie
RP is pro-drug, anti-war, and anti-tax, the "no consequences" candidate. What's not to like for a young person?

no doubt there is a lot of those supporters in that group, there are many others who don't quite know they are Conservative.

I know quite a few clean-cut, hard working young people who support Paul. They have latched onto Paul's general anti-big government (low taxes/cut spending) themes. I have learned that what attracts them to Paul is they believe he's the only one being honest about the fiscal mess.

so while it's fun to needle the Paul supporters, a good bit will definitely vote for Newt it he get's the nomination. That's why Sarah, Newt and others don't criticize Paul too much. I think that Paul and many of his supporters can be folded into our camp.

35 posted on 01/31/2012 12:26:17 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

of course...

our culture needs more poison in the system,

it’s important to send the message that being out of your mind relieves you of any responsibility,

and as long as there are some poisons available, let’s promote an ever expanding array of poisons with which to undermine ambition and productivity.

nice.....very “conservative”.....


36 posted on 01/31/2012 12:27:32 PM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: presidio9

Yep. It’s all about the drugs, man!


37 posted on 01/31/2012 12:28:10 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Drug legalization is NOT a conservative idea. It is a libertarian and liberal idea. It is a bad idea!


38 posted on 01/31/2012 12:31:08 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I’m not entirely unsympathetic. Four years of Barack Obama might make me want to hide behind some bong smoke too.

I think that underestimates young people. I think young people who would otherwise become Republicans are exasperated with a GOP which talks about everything but the size and intrusiveness of our government. These kids are having trouble finding jobs, and those who do are aware how much of their entry-level paychecks are going to feed the government for programs which benefit their elders and not them.
39 posted on 01/31/2012 12:34:03 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: sand88
I think that Paul and many of his supporters can be folded into our camp.

To many, religion, marriage, and abortion are big barriers.

40 posted on 01/31/2012 12:34:07 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: presidio9

two words

legal drugs


41 posted on 01/31/2012 12:36:44 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: presidio9

Okay, maybe you’re right. ;-)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2840669/posts


42 posted on 01/31/2012 12:42:59 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: presidio9

Kids are as nutty as he is.


43 posted on 01/31/2012 12:43:07 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: presidio9

The establishment Republican party has lost all credibility on “small government” and “fiscal responsibility”. That leaves an opening for somebody like Paul to exploit.


44 posted on 01/31/2012 12:48:02 PM PST by energized
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To: G Larry
our culture needs more poison in the system,

We're doing much better with the poison alcohol than we did with the "progressive" policy of banning it.

it’s important to send the message that being out of your mind relieves you of any responsibility,

It’s important to send the message that your mind belongs to you and not the government.

and as long as there are some poisons available, let’s promote

Legalization is not "promotion" - it's perfectly legal to insult one's wife.

an ever expanding array of poisons with which to undermine ambition and productivity.

It's not within the legitimate authority of government to compel ambition or productivity.

45 posted on 01/31/2012 12:49:10 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: presidio9

they think RP is going to legalize their weed.


46 posted on 01/31/2012 12:49:36 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: SoldierDad
Drug legalization is NOT a conservative idea.

Of course it is - just like opposition to alcohol Prohibition was a conservative idea. Drug criminalization, like Prohibition before it, is "progressive" social engineering that has succeeded only in enriching criminals.

47 posted on 01/31/2012 12:52:17 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Carry_Okie
I think that Paul and many of his supporters can be folded into our camp.

To many, religion, marriage, and abortion are big barriers.

Ron Paul is pro-life.

48 posted on 01/31/2012 12:55:18 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: presidio9

I think they have a healthy anti-government mentality. That’s why the pro-government republican establishment is so intent on destroying or at least marginalizing them.


49 posted on 01/31/2012 12:56:07 PM PST by DManA
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To: energized

My daughter, I’ll admit, is a Ron Paul supporter.

And she’s squeaky clean. And incredibly smart, and successful. Works in New York, in the financial district. She’s only 24. That’s all I will say about her. Most of her friends like her also support Paul.

She FERVENTLY believes Ron Paul is the ONLY one who speaks to the deficit, to the Federal Reserve issues, and to the spending problems. She sees him as consistent, pro-life, and generally a good man who lives a humble life. She believes that he means what he says.

I can’t say I disagree with her on any of those points.

Where we diverge is when it comes to foreign policy. But she sees the run up of debt from the military/industrial complex thing is sees even more reasons to vote Ron Paul. She’s not anti- war ...she’s just against unconstitutional wars and “military welfare.”

I mean — not all these kids are pot heads. I think, personally, if Newt courted kids like my daughter, and at least convinved them to compromise a tad ...we’d gain their trust and their votes. There IS a way to compromise with them. I also met many Ron Paul supporters in line to see Herman Cain in the past.

Really — you’ve got to admit ...NEITHER side, over the years, has put the breaks on any real spending cuts. It just keeps going up, up, up — admittedly to an obcene level after Obama, who is THE WORST.

And she WILL admit that.

But she has also told me that (brace yourself), Newt is a “communist.” That’s what she believes, for some nutty reason.

It’s twisted, I know ... and believe me, we’ve had several heated arguments. I don’t want to alienate her too much ..so I’m careful.


50 posted on 01/31/2012 12:58:08 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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