How did we raise our young people to be so smart? It seems that a lot of us as parents have raised our young peoples to be more tolerant of others than previous generations. This means that many of them are turned off by the republicans’ dalliance with those Americans who self identify themselves as White supremacists or the Alt-right. And they are turned off by the republican President Trump’s bullying and intolerant behaviors towards others.
The proof of this, is that these young people are leaving the republican party in droves.
Here is the rest of the story…
On May 19, 2017, David LeonHardt of the New York Times penned the following op-ed piece, “The Young Flee the G.O.P.”
“A fascinating series of polls from the Pew Research Center offers support for the Theory of Disjunction (originated by the political scientist Stephen Skowronek). A disjunctive president straddles political eras. He can often diagnose a core affliction in his political party, but can’t fully fix it — which means that his presidency ends up looking like a failed pause before a new era.”
“After surveying Americans periodically over the 15 months since the 2016 campaign began, Pew has found that one demographic group has been much more likely than any other to switch its party identification: Republicans under the age of 30.”
“Among those under 30 who initially identified as Republicans or leaned Republican in December 2015, 23% shifted to the Democratic Party,” Pew reported this week. The average switch rate for other groups was just above 10 percent. Not surprisingly, many of the people who stopped identifying as Republicans also held negative views about Trump.”
“These millennials are the flip side of Trump’s success in attracting white working-class voters who’d previously stayed home or voted Democratic. He has done so in part by aligning the Republican Party more closely with white nationalism, which played a role in his huge victory margins in older, less metropolitan America.”
“Yet it also seems to have further turned off young voters, including some who previously identified as Republican. Younger voters already leaned left. They’re notably more diverse, more liberal on many social issues and more optimistic about the country’s future than many Trump voters.”
Who knows whether the recent shifts will stick. But they do present a real risk for the Republican Party. Research has shown that generations tend to adopt political habits that last a lifetime. The cliché that the young are liberal and the old are conservative is mostly untrue. Liberal or conservative, the young often retain their ideology as they age.”
“Right now, the Republican Party is Donald Trump’s party, and fewer than one in three adults under the age of 30 approve of him.”