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Disillusionment of liberal Millennials may be Obama’s greatest legacy

Disillusionment of liberal Millennials may be Obama’s greatest legacy

I can see November from the Harvard Millennials survey

Low Midterm Turnout Likely, Conservatives More Enthusiastic, Harvard Youth Poll Finds

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds low expected participation for the midterm elections as less than one-in-four (23%) young Americans say they will “definitely be voting” in November, a sharp drop of 11 percentage points from five months ago (34%). Among the most likely voters, the poll also finds traditional Republican constituencies showing more enthusiasm than Democratic ones for participating in the upcoming midterms, with 44 percent of 2012 Mitt Romney voters saying they will definitely be voting – a statistically significant difference compared to the 35 percent of 2012 Barack Obama voters saying the same.

The IOP’s newest poll results – its 25th major release since 2000 – also show notable differences in opinions on legalization of marijuana by political party, race and age.  The poll also findsPresident Obama’s job approval rating has improved (47%) from a historic low noted five months ago (41%: Nov. 2013).

“The Institute’s spring poll shows 18- to 29- year-olds’ trust in public institutions at a five-year low – and their cynicism toward the political process has never been higher,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson.  “To inspire the next generation to public service – and to improve our communities – our elected officials need to move past the bitter partisanship and work together to ensure progress and restore trust in government.”

“It’s been clear for some time now that young people are growing more disillusioned and disconnected from Washington,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe.  “There’s an erosion of trust in the individuals and institutions that make government work — and now we see the lowest level of interest in any election we’ve measured since 2000.  Young people still care about our country, but we will likely see more volunteerism than voting in 2014.”

Maybe disillusionment of liberal Millenials will be Obama’s greatest legacy. He over-promised and under-delivered.

Harvard Millennials Poll Bar Chart Likelihood Voting


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One of the reasons I think the Conservative brand MUST be “reform”.

Not “no, you can’t do that” or “we will try to do BIG GOVERNMENT better”.

REFORM. Real, scary, actual REFORM.

I do not see reform as even necessary. An offer of simple competence would do.

The Vietnam era adults established rules for transparency and due process to provide guidelines for administrative behavior. This administration acts like it recognizes no restraints whatsoever. It acts, collectively, like it does not know that, for example, the 1963 Civil Rights Act and Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act were ever enacted and enforced.

This administration acts like it has lost its collective memory, if not its mind entirely. It acts like we have no historical experience with respect to the recommendations of Communists, and have never seen Islamists in action, before (Thomas Jefferson dealt with them!). They act like they cannot read the Hamas Covenant, and do not read their correspondence. The Attorney General of the United States has even stated that he does not read the reports that are his specific area of responsibility.

The Republicans can win by asking the question, “Do you really want another administration of noobs?”

    Radegunda in reply to Valerie. | April 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    When people take pride in seeing the world “as it should be,” apparently the lessons of history are entirely irrelevant.

    Ragspierre in reply to Valerie. | April 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Reform IS necessary.

    A GOP competence managing the EPA, ObamaDoggle, and continuing the current tax code abomination would be mere place-holding.

    Deep, profound change is mandated. BIG GOVERNMENT has to be dismantled, and power devolved back to the smallest entity possible…in many cases, individual people.

DINORightMarie | April 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

“To inspire the next generation to public service – and to improve our communities – our elected officials need to move past the bitter partisanship and work together to ensure progress and restore trust in government.”

–IOP Director Grayson

A false conclusion, or assessment, of this polling, IMHO. Rather, I would say that the REAL thing these polled people want isn’t BI-PARTISANSHIP, it’s getting this country back on track, getting the economy and jobs roaring to vigorous, prosperous, abundant life again. That won’t happen with “bi-partisanship” or the even more mealy-mouthed “working together” clap-trap. The Democrats/left DON’T COMPROMISE. They dictate – and then call it “compromise” when the other side caves.

In other words, the distrust of government shows those polled want Conservatives in charge again. They just don’t know it. Because the brainwashing, the indoctrination has worked.

    Radegunda in reply to DINORightMarie. | April 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’ve always wondered how you compromise when one side says “We need lots more of X” and the other side says “We have way too much of X.”

    For Democrats, compromise obviously means we get more of X but slower than they’d like.

    The “compromise” of civil unions was just a quick step on the way to ostracizing anyone who does not approve of redefining marriage.

    Democrats argue that the ACA is a “compromise” (even though they literally locked the Republicans out of the process), because it’s not single-payer, though its architects seem to view it as a step along the way.

    The heavy regulation of property rights is a compromise in the eyes of people who want to abolish private property.

    The heavy regulation of industry and the subsidizing of favorites (and punishing of least-favorites) is a compromise for those who think the government should control the whole economy.


    Keep in mind when someone says “move past the bitter partisanship”, what they usually mean is one-party totalitarianism.

DINORightMarie | April 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

Rush often says that his fear isn’t that millennials are losing faith in government – their “cynicism toward the political process” – but rather in our system of Constitutional government ever working. For most of their lifetimes, it hasn’t – due to the left’s hijacking of our media, education, morality and social issues, dictating what is “politically correct”, and the co-opting of the Democrat Party to where it is now the radical Alinsky-Marxists.

That is the root cause of these poll results, I fear.

I don’t doubt that the “Millennials” are sadder (if not always wiser). But I also don’t doubt the GOP’s talent for losing winnable elections.

In 2012 the lefty GOP Establishment was so confident of victory that they nominated a crappy presidential candidate who ran a crappy campaign. No election is a gimmie, but the 2012 presidential race was the most winnable one we will ever see in our lifetimes. Yet the GOP still managed to lose.

To win in 2014 the GOP needs to avoid a repeat of 2012’s milquetoast don’t-frighten-the-horses campaign. The present GOP congressional leadership seems not to have gotten the message.

Obama and the media painted a false world to the millenials which they bought hook, line, and sinker.

Then Obama and his allies destroyed the economy (recovery my ass).

But the Republicans have to paint an appealing alternative. That doesn’t mean a 47 point plan and it certainly doesn’t mean Obamanomics light. They need to give people a choice, not an echo.

Reagan could do this…but the Republicans haven’t had someone who could in a long time.

Also, like Reagan, the Republicans need to start actually pinning the blame where it is due – Obama, Reid, Pelosi, etc.

Why the hell aren’t we seeing people point out what real unemployment, real inflation, and the real deficit were in 2006 before Obamanomics was implemented compared to today’s stagflation?

    O BAMA617 in reply to 18-1. | April 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Economy was good in 2008? Omg here we go all young ppl/liberal/ minorities are brainwashed and the only free thinkers watch foxnews right? Bush was a perfect president and the two wars helped our economy. And then Obama brought in welfare and big government and then every failure imaginable started. Vote Ted Cruz

      18-1 in reply to O BAMA617. | April 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      The economy was pretty good in 2006, and significantly so compared to the current Obamaconomy, by any metric you want to compile.

        Estragon in reply to 18-1. | May 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

        And 2006 was just before Democrats took over Congress, and the deficits began to rise.

      Ragspierre in reply to O BAMA617. | April 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      “Bush was a perfect president and the two wars helped our economy.”

      How FUN…!!!

      A new Straw Man erector! What kind of moron even attempts this crap?

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | April 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        Like I keep saying, LI draws the most inept trolls out there. And it’s easy! But no… this is what we get. I’m not even sure this qualifies as trolling.

Over promising and under delivering is what politicians do. The youth were naive and stupid enough to believe the lies which frame every election. They thought they were smart, informed and on top of everything cool. Well, cool doesn’t make up for a track record of lies, corruption and incompetence. The youth always think that they know better. That they have it all figured out. Life just smacked them a big one and they are the ones suffering the most.

Straw man trolls LI kool code words

    Ragspierre in reply to O BAMA617. | April 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    We understand you are too stupid to understand the Straw Man Fallacy, so I’ll help…

    “Bush was a perfect president and the two wars helped our economy.”

    Post a link anyone who…in the real world…EVER said that.

    Next, how does that work to exonerate Pres. ScamWOW for all the damage he’s done?

    Phillep Harding in reply to O BAMA617. | April 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    How many times have we heard/read that if Bush did it, that excuses Obama doing 100x worse?

Phillep Harding | April 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

I’m behind a firewall so I cannot provide a link.

Issue May/June 2014

See if you can find “Guncrank Diaries, Unlikely Allies”

Per this article, it seems that some millennials have had a cold dose of reality smack them in the face, how before 2009 it was all “defy authority” etc. After 2009 it was “don’t question authority; obey the government, embrace the collective”.

I have only seen a couple of these “millennial orphans” on the net. Supposed to be more. Maybe someone can figure out how to lure them here?

That’s why I don’t understand why conservatives continue to insult Americans that don’t vote for them…..