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Young Americans are more progressive

Posted by Annie on June 27, 2007

Young Americans Are Leaning Left, New Poll Finds

by Adam Nagourney and Megan Thee of The New York Times

Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage, according to a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll. The poll also found that they are more likely to say the war in Iraq is heading to a successful conclusion.

The poll offers a snapshot of a group whose energy and idealism have always been as alluring to politicians as its scattered focus and shifting interests have been frustrating. It found that substantially more Americans ages 17 to 29 than four years ago are paying attention to the presidential race. But they appeared to be really familiar with only two of the candidates, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, both Democrats.

They have continued a long-term drift away from the Republican Party. And although they are just as worried as the general population about the outlook for the country and think their generation is likely to be worse off than that of their parents, they retain a belief that their votes can make a difference, the poll found.

More than half of Americans ages 17 to 29 — 54 percent — say they intend to vote for a Democrat for president in 2008. They share with the public at large a negative view of President Bush, who has a 28 percent approval rating with this group, and of the Republican Party. They hold a markedly more positive view of Democrats than they do of Republicans.

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4 Responses to “Young Americans are more progressive”

  1. trumanesque said

    These results make sense, since years of Republican rule have made it that much harder for the future of these young people. Whether it’s sending young people to die in a war about nothing, destroying the environment, trying to kill Social Security, or running budget deficits into outer space, George W. Bush and his cronies have done us no favors. I think we young people are sitting up and taking notice. This can only be good for our country.

  2. If young Americans really do care about “government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage,” why would they turn to the Democratic Party for support? Maryland has been Democratically-dominated for decades and has neither universal health care, an open-door immigration policy nor legalized gay marriage.

    On the national level, the Democratic Party has a separate progressive wing that is mostly marginalized. Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are the most progressive ’08 candidates and neither has a chance. The Democratic nomination process is most un-democratic. Clinton and Obama have been pre-selected as the preferred nominees. I think that most young people intend for vote for a Democrat in 2008 because the barriers to a third-party or independent candidate are so high.

    If you’re looking for universal health care, humane immigration policies and equal marriage rights, vote Green.

  3. Kim said

    Brian – I agree, those of us on the more Progressive side of the Democratic Party, obviously are not satisfied witht he baby steps our party are taking. The thing is, at least we are taking them. I am very pleased that because of a decision my grandparents made almost a century ago that I get to live in a very blue state, but it is all a ‘roll of the genes’ where you get to end up. We are just doubly frustrated in Harford County. Our Party is not moving quickly enough on issues that we think are important at the state level and we are hog tied by a horrible, let me restate that, HORRIBLE Republican Delegation. But, as you stated, until and if there is ever a viable 3rd Party, we need to ‘dance with the one that brought us’. If the young people of the county, state and country continue to mobilize, then we will be able to sway the party in our direction.

  4. I think my comments have been misunderstood. The barriers to third parties in the Presidential race seem unsurmountable for the time being, but on the local and state level viable third parties definitely exist. The ‘dance with the one that brought us’ mentality ensures no change – as long as Democratic elites know that rank-and-file party members disregard third parties, they have no incentive to change. If progressive Democrats recognized the potential of the Green Party and organized in support of it, the Democratic Party would see the danger of staying the course. But as long as you let them stay corporatized, always striving toward the center, and believe that they are your only recourse, they have no reason to change.

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