The New York Times reports today that:

More than half of Americans ages 17 to 29 — 54 percent — say they intend to vote for a Democrat for president in 2008. They share with the public at large a negative view of President Bush, who has a 28 percent approval rating with this group, and of the Republican Party. They hold a markedly more positive view of Democrats than they do of Republicans.

Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage.

By a 52 to 36 majority, young Americans say that Democrats, rather than Republicans, come closer to sharing their moral values, while 58 percent said they had a favorable view of the Democratic Party, and 38 percent said they had a favorable view of Republicans.

The poll, conducted jointly with CBS and MTV, interviewed 659 individuals. The critical question is “why?” As someone once said, “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.”

If fact, this poll doesn’t really tell us much other than the fact that young people have opinions and that young people are just that, “young.” I worked for a Ralph Nader environmental group when I was 20 because I was naive, idealistic, and uniformed. Fifteen years later, I’m a totally different person. The real question is how will this generation vote after life weathers them a little and they attempt to reconcile the fact that government takes and squanders over one-third of their income mostly on programs and policies that don’t work.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/westMichiganDADS/ Robert C. Van Ee

    It is worth noting, that single Fathers have in excess of fifty percent of their income directly managed by government entities, and near ten percent earmarked for compliance issues.
    It is also worthy noting that there were great expectations of the Right for Public Policy adjustment to allow for effective Fathering. Campaign diatribe turned into thin air…
    Truly,
    Robert C. Van Ee

  • David Deavel

    Anthony,

    I thought it interesting that the article also indicates a vast ignorance of who the actual Democrats are, other than Hillary and (Messianic Trumpet now sounding)Obama.

    Very informed bunch, these.

  • Michael A.

    I feel ashamed to be a part of this demographic. I saw Michael Moore last night talking about the universal health care idea, saying we need to combine canada’s, england’s, and france’s finest health care attributes and create a miracle system. I just don’t understand how people don’t understand how impractical/impossible universal health care is in the US.