Millennial Support for Redistribution and Govt Social Spending Declines with Income

Reason-Rupe has a new survey and report out on millennials—find the report here.

Millennials believe that governmentshould help those in need and aredivided over income redistribution. However, millennials’ support for redistribution and social welfare spending decline as they age, make more money (pay more in taxes), and take on more responsibilities. Here are several findings from a new Reason-Rupe report of millennials:

First, millennials’ become more opposed to income redistribution as their income raises. For instance, among those making less than $20,000 a year, 53 percent support reducing income differences while 39 percent oppose. In contrast, once millennials start making $40,000 a year or more, then support flips and instead 54 percent oppose redistribution and 40 percent support. Similarly, those who are employed full-time oppose income redistribution 54 to 40 percent, while the unemployed favor it 51 to 40 percent.

In similar fashion, support for paying higher taxes to increase financial assistance to the poor declines with income and education. Seventy-one percent of those making less than $20,000 a year support raising taxes to increase financial assistance to the poor; this number drops to 47 percent among those making over $60,000 annually. Likewise, two-thirds of those with high school diplomas or less support high taxes to expand the safety net, compared to 50 percent of college graduates.

Intensity of support for government guarantees also declines with income. For instance, 46 percent of millennials making less than $20,000 a year say the government “definitely” should guarantee a living wage, compared to 22 percent among those making more than $60,000 a year.

Second, millennials’ support for large government flips once they learn it requires high taxes. When tax rates are not explicit, 54% of millennials favor “larger government providing more services” and 43% prefer “smaller government providing fewer services.” But once tax rates are mentioned, support flips. Instead, 57% favor “smaller government, providing fewer services, with low taxes” and 41% want “larger government, providing more services, with high taxes.” (Read more here).

Third, as millennials roll off their parents’ health insurance plans and begin paying for their own policies, they begin to solidly oppose paying high premiums to provide for the uninsured (39% favor and 59% oppose). However, millennials’ whose parents’ pay say they favor the idea of paying more to subsidize covered for the uninsured (57% favor, 42% oppose). (Read more here.)

Fourth, when millennials learn they may get back less from Social Security than they contribute, they support changing the program so younger workers can invest their Social Security taxes in private retirement accounts. In fact, a majority (51%) would favor private retirement accounts even if it required reducing benefits to current seniors, while 45 percent would oppose. (Read more here).

These data indicate that as millennials find employment, get promoted, make more money, and pay higher taxes, their support for activist government may recede. The fact that today a third are under- or unemployed and a third are living at home indicates stalled upward mobility, which may in turn bolster support for increased government action.


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  • Restoras||

    Boycott.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    5 polls and a "10 fun facts" - please, God, no more today!

  • GILMORE||

    Look mister, the beatings will continue until Morale Improves! You WILL believe that Millenials are the Great Libertarian Hope, dammit, SO HELP YOU GOD!! You might as well abandon your whole "...uh, actually, in reality..."-type thinking right now because they've got at least a few dozen MORE polls waiting in the wings to hammer these counter-factual conclusions home! I'm telling you = all it takes is for these legions of under-employed 20-somethings to GET Employed, and Whammo! they're capitalists! So as long as the youth employment rate is high...we... have.....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....take_2.png

    .... oh

  • lap83||

    Not even a 10 fun facts about squirrels?

  • lap83||

    found one, actually
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....00766.html

    "Their teeth never stop growing. Gnawing keeps squirrels' teeth from growing into their necks."

  • Obama's Buttplug||

    This is true. I have a bird-feeder that also feeds squirrels. A few years back it was frequented by a squirrel with an asymmetric jaw, which allowed one of his teeth to just keep on growing. It spiraled/corkscrewed and over time grew to be about two inches long scraping the side of face pretty raw.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    How about 1 fun fact about squirrels repeated 10 times in the comments?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Dammit.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    Yeah, that was unintentional...

    *narrows gaze*

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    5! 5! Ah ha ha ha ha!

  • ||

    People (whether they're millennials, bay boomers, or whoever) believe government spending on social services is wasteful when they're not the recipients of that spending. In other news, the sky is blue and the Pope is Catholic.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Wait. Is the article saying that people vote according to their own interests? Here's an ad in Financial Times for a solid platinum shocked face; should I buy it?

  • WDATPDIM!?||

    If ever there were a no-shit-sherlock finding, that's it.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Now these numbers actually do give me some hope. It's easier to change incomes than minds.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Incomes in a capitalist system are dependent on the individuals within the system, rather than the system designers. Unless you can predict a certain number with the "correct" income (and our government's policies sure as shit ain't helping capitalism and upward mobility along), you've still got problems with the "yutes as saviors of capitalism" narrative.

  • ||

    This would be a good reason for Obama to keep Gen Y chronically unemployed...

    Of course gutting the economy to force people into soup lines and then handing out soup for votes has been a democrat tradition for over 80 years.

    ...Hey this is socialism right? and fascism is a type of socialism...

    The dems are the first soup nazis!!!

  • Overt||

    80 Years? The Gracii Brothers did this back in the old Roman Republic!

  • ||

    The Gracii Brothers were democrats?

  • Homple||

    Winston Smith wrote in his secret diary that "If there is hope, it lies in the proles."

    Reason must have replaced "proles" with "millenials" and written it on a poster prominently displayed in their offices.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    +1 bottle of Victory Gin

  • ||

    In similar fashion, support for paying higher taxes to increase financial assistance to the poor declines with income and education.

    I think you mean support declines as income and education increase.

  • GILMORE||

    - When you say, "Our relationship 'Went South'"... you probably don't mean This

    "Constable Ronald Hickman stated that it was "obviously a domestic situation that went south, probably a divorce or at least a separation."

    Or a maybe just a breakup, 'taking time apart', you know? dont jump to conclusions there, chief... they might work things out.

  • Stickler Meeseeks||

    I may have missed this in the barrage of articles on millenials today, but what is the number of registered millenials that voted for Obama this last go around? Do we have any idea about how many are planning on supporting the dems this year, especially with the Hooby Booby decision and war on women that it so obviously invokes?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Poll analyst: Millennials love liberty and want to live in a safety hammock.

    Emily Ekins: [on H&R] Millennials love liberty and want to live in a safety hammock.

    Fist of Etiquette: You know, that is really getting annoying.

    Emily Ekins: Look! I have one job on this lousy blog, it's stupid, but I'm gonna do it! Okay?

  • Overt||

    +1 Grabthar's Hammer

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    99.3% of millenials tie for first place. .7% win non-gendered Miss congeniality award

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    73 % of millenials want Depends to market to their age group.

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    82% of Millenials demand Onesies be recognized as business casual.

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    91 % of millenials can spot a racists blindfolded.

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    66% of millenials want every movie ever made remade with Josh Hartnett playing any of the parts.

  • jmomls||

    These "Millenials" seem to have the same advertising budget as GEICO, CAPITAL ONE CREDIT CARDS and MY SISTER'S COUSIN'S DOG WHO MAKES 86DOLLARS AN HOUR BY WORKING ON THE INTERWEBZ.

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    82% of millenials want colorization of black and white movies banned, even though they wouldn't be caught dead watching a black and white movie.

  • Tony||

    You can have an economy in which most people live a comfortable lifestyle, delivered by the economy itself, and then have low democratic support for the welfare state; or you can have an economy in which a few are very rich and most everyone else can't pay for basic needs, in which democracy will deliver a welfare state.

    Libertarians want some yet-unexplained tyrannical force to preserve the latter (laissez-faire capitalist) economy while forbidding the welfare state. Can someone once and for all describe what this force is that prevents democracy from enacting redistributive plans?

  • ||

    I don't think - surprise - you fundamentally understand what 'laissez-faire' means in a classical liberal economy.

  • Tony||

    So is that yet another dodge to the question?

  • ||

    No.

    We've been over this elevnty times with you. I think we've more than done our share of attempting to explain the libertarian position yet you continue to write as if you're new to all this.

    So.

    No.

  • ||

    eleventy.

  • RAHeinlein||

    And therein lies the ultimate failure of the democracy experiment; putting zeroes behind something never solved anything...

  • Overt||

    Hey Tony,

    I'll take option 3 please. I reject your false choice.

  • ||

    Libertarians want some yet-unexplained tyrannical force to preserve the latter

    Wages lag inflation.

    The greatest destroying force of the middle class over the past 100 years has been the FED.

  • ||

    "Fourth, when millennials learn they may get back less from Social Security than they contribute, they support changing the program so younger workers can invest their Social Security taxes in private retirement accounts."

    I get that from my educators all the time. They're in their 20s and can't believe how much the government takes from them. It's an epiphany of sorts since they never really understood the 'price of civilization' means they have to pay for it. Whenever I ask them if they'd prefer less of all these mediocre services paid (note, I said less not eliminate) for through taxes or to keep the money for them to save or do other things, they always - ALWAYS - choose the latter. Alas, they don't have say in the matter.

    Does this make them budding libertarians? Hardly.

  • ||

    Just to add. They never connected that paying for services through taxes is still payment. There's no such thing as 'free stuff' yet go on any Canadian website where people debate health care and see how insanely passionate people get. They will go to the ends of earth trying to convince us that it's free and that we're civilized for having it.

  • Overt||

    But that is because most of those people don't pay taxes.

    Most people treat payroll taxes (Medicare/SS) different than regular taxes because they believe that they are paying in to a benefit they will receive later (and as noted above, they don't realize that they are going to get less than what they put in when it is all over).

    Health care and the like is totally different- they want it and want more of it, and they want the rich to pay for it.

  • ||

    Yeah, they assume "someone else" will pay for it, and when they find out they're paying they want "someone else" to pay more. Which is how shameless opportunistic, left-wing politicians embark on their faux-poopulist (not a spelling error) rants.

    It's messed up.

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    3% of millenials want Preparation H covered as birth control.

  • Xeones||

    Did you hear about the Reason-Rupe pollster who drowned crossing a river? It was 3 feet deep, on average.

  • DEG||

    However, millennials’ support for redistribution and social welfare spending decline as they age,

    A man who isn't a socialist at age 20 has no heart. A man who is still a socialist at age 30 has no brain.

    make more money (pay more in taxes)

    Incentives, how do they work again?

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    A woman paying for her own beer ,at any age,has no titties.

  • See Double You||

    The less you make, the more you take.

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