Young people love Obama, right?
Not so fast. From the WSJ:
While support for Democratic candidates among African-Americans and Latinos remains high, young people are less enthusiastic. The Pew center’s in-depth surveys of those ages 18-34 indicate that this generation, a voting bloc so important to Mr. Obama’s two victories, is growing more disillusioned with the president. Millennial self-identification as Democrats has edged down to 50% from a high of 58% in 2009. Pew also found Mr. Obama’s job approval among millennials has fallen to 49% in early 2014, down from 70% in the honeymoon months of 2009, his highest rating among any generation.
I’m sure a lot of this has to do with Obamacare — its pathetic rollout and the “you can keep your doctor” lie. Some of it, surely, is a general disaffection with the government behemoth — the surveillance state, the regulatory state, crony capitalism. What we can call the “Rand Paul Perspective.”
But isn’t some of it cultural, too? In a world of Facebook and smartphones and individualized, powerful technology that works — to communicate, track progress, take care of yourself, connect with others, entertain yourself, etc. — the progressive left’s answer to America’s problems seems so weirdly retro. Big government agencies. Complicated bureaucratic formulae. Lack of choice.
The progressive left must seem so old and out of touch to folks under, say, 27.
Of course, if you look at the way kids are dressing these days — the hipster outfits, the return to “heritage brands” — they seem to be consciously returning to a look that evokes New Deal progressivism and early 1960s liberalism. And we all know how those unfortunate movements turned out.
Still: as I’ve said before, young voters are winnable. They won’t, probably, ever be 75% conservative, but they’re already 50% conservative. A little nudge in a rightward direction can change a lot of things for the better.