The Progressive Youth Movement

From the looks of it, we're beginning a long hard slide that won't end soon, especially because those in the lower end of the age range for voters (18-29) are generally more progressive than they have been in the past. Granted, many younger progressives gradually become more conservative over time, but because there is a larger number of young progressives, even if the current trend of gradual change in philosophy holds up, there will be more progressives later as well.
  • Over the past 20 years, an average of 86 percent of young blacks agreed that labor unions are necessary to protect workers, while 72 percent of young whites agreed. Today the gap is just 2 percentage points.
  • Forty-six percent of young Hispanics over the past two decades believed it is the government’s responsibility to ensure a good job and standard of living for all, while just 35 percent of young whites did. Today, the gap is less than 6 percentage points.
  • An average of 55 percent of young blacks and 54 percent of young Hispanics had supported universal health care provided by the government, while 45 percent of young whites held this view. Today, young whites are slightly more supportive of universal government-provided health care than young Hispanics.
  • Over the last two decades, an average of 88 percent of young blacks and 83 percent of young Hispanics thought federal spending for education should be increased, compared to 78 percent of young whites. Today, Millennial generation whites have nearly cut in half the gap between themselves and young blacks and have overtaken Hispanics.
  • An average of 85 percent of blacks, 72 percent of Hispanics, and 51 percent of whites aged 18 to 29 over the past two decades have supported increased federal spending for the poor. Today, whites had reduced the gap with blacks by almost 10 percentage points and had cut it in half with Hispanics.



This election, get out the vote. Exercise your right. This video, though it has a slight Democrat (or anti-Republican) bent. But still, the message is clear: vote!

I'll let you guys know when I do, and for whom I end up voting.