Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans: Nick Gillespie in Daily Beast

I've got a new piece up at The Daily Beast that talks about the Reason-Rupe Poll about Millennials.

There is virtually no good news for the GOP in the Reason-Rupe Poll. Just 22 percent of Millennials self-identify as Republican or lean that way while 43 percent of youth voters consider themselves Democrats or lean in that direction. A sizable 34 percent of Millennials are true independents (that is, they don’t lean in either direction).

But forget about the seemingly massive Democratic advantage. After growing up under the Bush and Obama administrations, the Millennials are overwhelmingly skeptical of government’s ability to do anything well.

Two-thirds agree that “government is usually inefficient and wasteful.” In 2009, that number was just 42 percent. Across a range of 15 issues (including privacy, drug policy, taxes, spending, health care, and more), neither party wins a majority of Millennials. About six in 10 believe that government regulators are the tools of the special interests they are supposed to police and that federal agencies routinely abuse their power. A solid majority (55 percent) says businesses are paying their fair share of taxes.

To put the partisanship numbers in perspective, chew on this: While 22 percent of millennials see them as Republican or GOP-leaning, 40 percent of voters 30 or older do. While 43 percent of millennials are Dems or lean that way, 49 percent of older voters do. And while 34 percent of young voters are independents, just 11 percent of older voters are.

Read the whole Beast piece here.

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  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "But forget about the seemingly massive Democratic advantage."

    Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the poll?

  • Stickler Meeseeks||

    You know what hasn't got enough play today? The Reason Rupe poll on millenials.

  • Sevo||

    "A sizable 34 percent of Millennials are true independents (that is, they don’t lean in either direction)."

    Heard this before; not going for it. Self-reported stated preference, signalling 'I'm smart. Not like those people who just vote a party!'.
    But somehow, the D lever gets pulled regardless.
    I'll bet PJ kid calls himself 'independent'; it's all the rage...

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Why should they vote 'R'? All they know about R's are the Bushpigs.

  • The Last American Hero||

    They shouldn't. They call themselves independents and pull the D lever consistently. Read what he wrote.

  • Calidissident||

    Eh, I wouldn't be so quick to make that assumption. The type of person you describe definitely exists but far too often in analyzing the voting habits of demographic groups do people forget that a large portion of people don't vote. I'd guess that a good number of those independents tend not to vote at all

  • Ted S.||

    What percentage of Millennials is sick and tired of hearing about the Reason-Rupe poll?

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    33% of millenials lean Rupe 22%, lean Reason, 45% lie down.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    I believe in perfect faith that the Millennials will become libertarian, though they may tarry.

  • Hawk Spitui||

    What do I care about Millenials? By the time they're running things I'll be safely in my grave, thank god...

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans: Nick Gillespie in Daily Beast

    Millennials hate Nick Gillespie?

  • Lady Bertrum||

    At this point, doesn't everyone hate the Boomers? Whether it's of the left or right, they're a bunch of self-righteous selfish fuckers if you ask me. Not that anyone did.

  • jmomls||

    Worst generation ever.

  • Homple||

    ...possibly until the torch is passed to the millennials. We'll see in due course.

  • Homple||

    Besides being self-righteous and selfish, they're judgmental stereotypers.

  • DrAwkward||

    I see what you did there.

  • ||

    Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

    This would explain why every time you disagree with a left wing gen y partisan they immediately accuse you of being a limbaugh ditto tea bagger republican socon.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Millennials hate Nick Gillespie?

    Yup. the cool 'youth' deacon in his old man leather coat is gettin kinda creepy.

    He's too eager, y'know?

  • Ayatollah Savaranola||

    88% of millennials can find their own ass,but 82% require 2 Googles and a Bing.

  • Whahappan?||

    My contribution to the daily derpology from the Daily Beast comments:

    Jukesgrrl 2 hours ago

    @Volunteer For decades now, the GOP has made a concerted effort to ruin our public schools. They have succeeded in that admirably. Is civics any longer a required class in your school system? How about economics? Do you still have driver's ed? Any classes in decision-making? Parenting?


    Is it any wonder people can no longer understand how government works and make an informed decision? That's exactly what the GOP wants.

    She actually believes the GOP has been in control of public schools for decades.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    More amusing is the idea that economic literacy would serve the left.

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