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.
Is this actually news to anybody? Isn’t there some kind of running joke out there about how most people age into their Republican party affiliation (i.e. as they become wealthier and more crotchety)? I think there is. I’m too lazy to look it up. Instead, I will just say that when I was at school, the College Republicans were unique among campus political groups in that they had to go knocking, door-to-door through the dorms, in the hope that they’d overturn a stone under which additional young Republicans were hiding. (The one who knocked on my door looked so exhausted and haggard that my roommate and I invited him in, and we gave him a Strawberry Pop Tart, and then he watched A League of Their Own with us, and nobody talked about politics, and everybody had a very nice time. And I like to think that we all learned an important lesson that night about tolerating the views of others.)
Anyway, like I said, not so astonished by the “young people are left-leaning” revelation.
This stuff, however, will never cease to amaze me:
Their views on abortion mirror those of the public at large: 24 percent said it should not be permitted at all, while 38 percent said it should be made available but with greater restrictions. Thirty-seven percent said it should be generally available.
Um, hey? You guys, the 24 percent? Not permitted at all, huh? Are you 100% sure on that? Because if abortion is outlawed across the board, I guess one of you guys will be happy to take on the delightful task of telling a pregnant sixteen year-old that she is legally required to have a baby, right? Bonus points if it’s a case of rape or incest. Or if the sixteen year-old is actually fourteen. Oh yeah, and extra bonus points if it’s your daughter.