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Harvard Poll Shows Millennials Have 'Historically Low' Levels Of Trust In Government
Business Insider ^ | APR. 29, 2014 | HUNTER WALKER

Posted on 04/30/2014 5:53:19 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty

A new poll surveying young Americans' political attitudes released by Harvard University's Institute of Politics Tuesday found millennials have less trust in government than ever before.

Harvard's poll showed millennials, which the pollsters defined as peopled aged 18 to 29, have lost trust in a variety of different major public institutions including the President, the military, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the federal government as a whole. Of all the institutions tracked by the poll, the President and the military lost the most trust among young Americans with a seven point drop. Overall, the pollsters said the level of trust millennials have in "most American institutions tested in our survey" had dropped below even "last year’s historically low numbers."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: change; hope; liberty; millenials
This is a great trend...younger people getting disillusioned under a (constantly lying) Dem administration. I think it bodes well for the future!

Perhaps it's a harbinger of a conservative win in '16!

1 posted on 04/30/2014 5:53:19 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

They like voting for Democrats though.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 5:54:31 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: PreciousLiberty
Government is the greediest, most corrupt and murderous force on Earth.

Pass it on.

3 posted on 04/30/2014 5:55:11 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Now if the Millennials would only shift that distrust from “the government” as a whole, to directly at the Current Regime, we would be getting somewhere. But in their rather undiscriminating loathing, the concept of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are also held in contempt, lumped together with “the government” and despised equally with every sleazy elected official and “authoritarian” government bureaucrat.

There is no easy way to break through the barrier raised by low information voters against opening their consciousness, even a little. Superstition is a dreadfully powerful form of guidance for choices in life.

Once had a cat that would jump up on the stove, and survey all the kitchen from that perch. One day, she jumped up there when the stove was hot, and immediately jumped back off. Never sat on a hot stove again.

Never sat on a cold one again, either.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 6:06:17 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

And yet they never seem to stop asking it to do more and more.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 6:08:44 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: headstamp 2

They’ll vote for democrats because, at their age, they’re still all about having no restrictions on behavior, especially those biblical restrictions on sexual behavior.

And, they still like to feel self-righteous, so all those policies of “helping the poor” and “saving the planet” are attractive as well.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 6:10:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: PreciousLiberty

They’re disillusioned because the govt isn’t moving left fast enough. Just guessing but I bet I’m right.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 6:10:37 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: PreciousLiberty
Harvard Poll Shows Millennials Have 'Historically Low' Levels Of Trust In Government

Then they must be a generation of masochists or morons, because they continue to vote for the socialist democratic party candidates.

8 posted on 04/30/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: PreciousLiberty
The young do have a problem with government. The problem is - they still don't think it's Obama's fault!
9 posted on 04/30/2014 6:11:30 AM PDT by celmak
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To: PreciousLiberty

I’m a last minute boomer and I have a historically low opinion and trust of the government.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 6:13:37 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

HOORAY millenials! Wake up and smell the socialism, or would you rather have a cup of totalitarianism.

FUBO
FUCONgress


11 posted on 04/30/2014 6:24:05 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PreciousLiberty

In other words, “Hey, you promised me free stuff! Where is it?? I don’t trust you anymore.”


12 posted on 04/30/2014 6:28:59 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: headstamp 2
They like voting for Democrats though.

I say it's HOGWASH !!

For a group that is supposedly suspicious of government they sure do seem to want more of it.

They campaign for big government candidates, they reliably vote for them, they demonstrate for more government, more handouts, more Nanny State and protest against anyone who wants to bring the government under control.

They only times they want less government is when it interferes with their drug use, their sexual activities or their love for open borders and illegals.


13 posted on 04/30/2014 6:34:05 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Excellent!

0bamacare was a demonstration project, and it worked!

Nobody trusts government anymore. Excepting die-hard commies, which accounts for about 32% of Americans.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 6:38:15 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

It isn’t yet low enough. No one of above room temp IQ should trust the low life idiots currently infesting all levels of the sewer of government.

Slime, crooks, grifters, sewage, feces, and various forms of Clintons and Obamas.....

Ya know, a good IQ test would take care of most of these morons...the Obamadork being the first casualty.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 6:40:28 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Harvard Poll Shows Millennials Have ‘Historically Low’ Levels Of Trust In Government

AND THEY ARE NOT ALONE!


16 posted on 04/30/2014 6:54:15 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: MrB

“They’ll vote for democrats because, at their age, they’re still all about having no restrictions on behavior, especially those biblical restrictions on sexual behavior.”

Those restrictions have no place in the Republican Party platform. The Republicans should simply state they’re for upholding the law, family values, small government, and personal liberty. That’s a simple platform that almost everyone of every belief and persuasion can get behind.

Worry about the social issues at the state and local level. What this country really needs most is a heaping dose of state’s rights, and we’re not going to see that without Republican leadership at the highest levels.

An emphasis on “moral majority” policies going into 2016 is a certain recipe for disaster. We should emphasize two winning issues, the economy and freedom.


17 posted on 04/30/2014 7:49:41 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

What are “family values” if not supporting the institution of the traditional family?
And saying that inherently places a moral value on family vs fornication.

The human understands this.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 8:33:30 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: PreciousLiberty
Worry about the social issues at the state and local level.

Why support abortion, gay marriage, and the homosexual agenda, at the federal level?

The feds set those laws and policies for millions of federal workers, and in foreign policy and immigration, and the influence of those federal policies are great on public opinion of voters at the state level.

Why would someone support the left's goals, at any level of government?

19 posted on 04/30/2014 11:14:46 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: MrB

According to Reason magazine, libertarian millennial supported Obama.

The left calling to the left.


20 posted on 04/30/2014 11:16:06 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

“Why support abortion, gay marriage, and the homosexual agenda, at the federal level?”

That’s called a “straw man” argument.

I’m not suggesting supporting it. I’m saying that taking a stance one way or the other in the party platform is a mistake.

Aside from that, no nationally prominent Republican is advocating changing any of that at the Federal level that I’m aware of... Can you name an example?


21 posted on 04/30/2014 11:30:50 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

The GOP exists for it’s platform, why would you be calling to end that platform and end the GOP as a party?

The pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-American, anti-conservative left already has a party, in fact two, the democrat and the libertarian.

There is no replacement for the conservative GOP base, social liberals already vote democrat, and support that party.


22 posted on 04/30/2014 11:36:50 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: PreciousLiberty; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; smoothsailing; Political Junkie Too; randita; Impy; ...
This is a great trend...younger people getting disillusioned under a (constantly lying) Dem administration. I think it bodes well for the future!

These results are more of a mixed bag, if you look at them more carefully. The 'Rats still lead Pubbies by double digits in both age subgroups, although they do not command anywhere near a majority in terms of party identification.

Also, the UN is trusted more than the federal government and several federal government institutions!!! I don't know if this is more a reflection on leftist brainwashing in education or more that the federal government is so distrusted.

On the positive side, it seems like a higher percentage of Romney (?Republican) voters will be turning out to vote this year as compared to Obama voters in this age group. But the 'Rats will undoubtedly try to overcome such a trend by escalating their fraud and cheating operations.

Seems like the GOP has opportunities to attract millennial "independents with more of an emphasis on reducing the size and scope of government, especially with respect to personal data mining.

23 posted on 04/30/2014 11:42:22 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: MrB

‘What are “family values” if not supporting the institution of the traditional family?
And saying that inherently places a moral value on family vs fornication.

The human understands this.’

There are many interpretations of “family values”, but the main point is that almost everyone understands that supporting the family unit is important, regardless of other societal factors. There is nothing contentious about it.

The Republican party can either attract new members based on a few core ideas as outlined before, or it can fade into obscurity. Those are the choices.


24 posted on 04/30/2014 11:45:16 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty
The Republican party can either attract new members based on a few core ideas as outlined before, or it can fade into obscurity. Those are the choices.

That is just utterly bizarre fantasizing. You don't drop the core of the party platform, discard your voters, and seek their replacements from the party that you just copied.

All you are doing is calling for the end of the GOP, and the end of a party for conservatives, and an end to resistance to abortion and the left, on social issues.

What is your game?

25 posted on 04/30/2014 11:58:17 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12
"That is just utterly bizarre fantasizing. You don't drop the core of the party platform, discard your voters, and seek their replacements from the party that you just copied."

In what way is it "dropping the core of the party platform"?

Here is the entire platform from 2012:

Do you see any of your "core issues" listed there? In fact, it's pretty close to what I'm advocating.

"All you are doing is calling for the end of the GOP, and the end of a party for conservatives, and an end to resistance to abortion and the left, on social issues."

Those who feel strongly about such issues can promote them. I think it will be most effective at the state and local level. Despite the 2012 platform above, the perception of the Republican party as the party of intolerance and religious extremism was enough to sink it. It also didn't help that we fielded a subpar candidate, of course.

"What is your game?"

Keeping the Dems from running the country into the ground for four more years (at least). Looking into the future, and the likelihood of amnesty for the illegal aliens who are very likely to be Dem voters, we need to increase our appeal outside the party. It's that simple.

26 posted on 04/30/2014 4:27:37 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

Silly propaganda from a person who opposes conservatism.

Your game is obviously against social conservatism, which is what this conversation is about, so did you post the GOP platform on abortion of such issues, of course not.

With your plan, the GOP adopts much of the Democrat platform, and loses most of it’s supporters as they form a third party, and somehow suddenly that results in the democrat voters switching parties to lead the now, half democrat GOP, to political victory.

We know what platform you support and why you are against the GOP.

Here is the leftists agenda hidden behind the Libertarian Party curtain.

Libertarian Party Platform:

Throw open the borders completely; only a rare individual (terrorist, disease carrier etc.) can be kept from freedom of movement through “political boundaries”.

Homosexuals; total freedom in the military, gay marriage, adoption, child custody and everything else.

Abortion; zero restrictions or impediments.

Pornography; no restraint, no restrictions.

Drugs; Meth, Heroin, Crack, and anything new that science can come up with, zero restrictions.

Advertising those drugs, prostitution, and pornography; zero restrictions.

Military Strength; minimal capabilities.


27 posted on 04/30/2014 4:39:19 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Two things may help you.

Millennial libertarians voted for Obama, and social liberal, Mitt Romney, easily swept the Independent vote.

Why did the GOP lose in an election that they couldn’t lose? It wasn’t because the liberal Massachusetts Governor who gave America gay marriage, was pro-abortion, anti-gun, and for gay Boy Scout leaders, who despised Reagan, and for gays in the military, was too conservative, it was the opposite.


28 posted on 04/30/2014 4:58:13 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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“Silly propaganda from a person who opposes conservatism.”

Nope. I don’t “oppose conservatism”. Mostly I oppose stupidity.

“Your game is obviously against social conservatism, which is what this conversation is about, so did you post the GOP platform on abortion of such issues, of course not.”

What I posted came from here...you know, the official page of the 2012 GOP platform:

http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_home/

“With your plan, the GOP adopts much of the Democrat platform, and loses most of it’s supporters as they form a third party, and somehow suddenly that results in the democrat voters switching parties to lead the now, half democrat GOP, to political victory.”

Nonsense. It doesn’t adopt anything. It simply chooses its fights wisely. The idea of a third party gaining any significant traction is a pipe dream.

“We know what platform you support and why you are against the GOP.

Here is the leftists agenda hidden behind the Libertarian Party curtain.

[snip]”

While I like some aspects of the libertarian ideal (you know, that “liberty” thing is pretty good) I disagree with others. Don’t put words in my mouth.

I say what I mean and mean what I say.

What I would like to see happen is a reversal of the rush to destruction the US is on, along with a big drop in government spending and government bureaucracy. I think that’s considerably less likely if the Republicans insist that religious dogma is a major part of their platform. “Freedom of religion” is taken seriously by many.


29 posted on 04/30/2014 5:00:59 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

Wow, if you are going to post a portion of the GOP platform, post a portion relevant to what we are talking about, for instance abortion, or marriage.

You are so confused (or hostile) that you think the platform is “religious dogma”, rather than just sane conservatism to preserve America and conservative voting, you evidently don’t know that the vast majority of people who feel like you, are dedicated leftist voters.

Social liberalism results in creating more liberal democrat party voters, not fewer, for instance look at the tea party, they are deeply religious and social conservative, more so than the average GOP voter, that is who conservatives are.

If you move left, then the conservatives will simply move on, and that will leave you with little, is is social liberalism, and weak defense issues, that keeps the Libertarian party down there in invisible land for example.

In other words, you have a party, and it is a total failure, the best they ever did was against Reagan in 1980.


30 posted on 04/30/2014 5:14:42 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Hahahah. They trust the government MORE than they do the media! That’s grand!


31 posted on 04/30/2014 5:16:38 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ansel12
"Wow, if you are going to post a portion of the GOP platform, post a portion relevant to what we are talking about, for instance abortion, or marriage."

That is the main page. Which part of that did you not understand? It's directly relevant to the discussion.

The rest of your remarks are mostly incorrect generalizations, along with the deluded idea that I'm advocating a "move to the left". That is absolutely incorrect.

32 posted on 04/30/2014 5:23:18 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

As far as your politics that you are pushing, of course dropping much conservatism from the platform and the party agenda, would be a “move to the left”.

Where is the incorrect generalization?

“”You are so confused (or hostile) that you think the platform is “religious dogma”, rather than just sane conservatism to preserve America and conservative voting, you evidently don’t know that the vast majority of people who feel like you, are dedicated leftist voters.

Social liberalism results in creating more liberal democrat party voters, not fewer, for instance look at the tea party, they are deeply religious and social conservative, more so than the average GOP voter, that is who conservatives are.

If you move left, then the conservatives will simply move on, and that will leave you with little, is is social liberalism, and weak defense issues, that keeps the Libertarian party down there in invisible land for example.

In other words, you have a party, and it is a total failure, the best they ever did was against Reagan in 1980.””


33 posted on 04/30/2014 5:33:43 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Picking a fight with the knuckle draggers, eh?


34 posted on 05/02/2014 9:50:01 AM PDT by gogeo (If you are Tea Party, the Republican Party does not want you.)
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