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Millennials moving right?

Millennials appear to be moving right in their politics, as economic pressures from which they were shielded, affect them.

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Millennials and social media

Millennials – persons born from about 1980 to 2000 – are moving right, polls show, according to Patriot News Feed.

Millennials shifting to the right

The outlet quoted New York Times and Siena College polls showing that millennials supported Democratic candidates by 10% last Midterms. Also, a Roper poll showed that voters younger than 50 tended to support Republicans more in 2020 than in 2012.

These voters came of age during the Obama campaign, and his “yes, we can” slogan resonated with them. That no longer seems to be the case.

Patriot News Feed cited a number of factors that, they guess, is moving millennials rightward. Costs of living have risen – and probably didn’t affect many of them fifteen years ago. They have lots of student debt to pay off – which could explain why Biden wants to forgive that. Housing is expensive, wages are stagnant, and common staples cost more every month, it seems.

Also, seemingly for the first time, this cohort is gaining an exposure to a conservative viewpoint they never had before. That could be the result of a relaxation of some of the censorship policies. It could also result from the rise of new platforms that never practiced censorship to that degree. Between Elon Musk buying Twitter and firing many of its censors, and the rise of Gab and Rumble and other platforms that never hired as many censors, millennials are sampling conservative opinion as they never did before.


The article has three tweets to back up their analysis:

An old proverb says…

But CNAV would like to observe one fundamental truth that everyone else seems to be missing. One hears variations on that theme repeatedly and in many contexts. But all variations say virtually the same thing:

When you are young, if you are not on the left, you have no heart.

But as you get older, if you do not turn conservative, you have no brain.

While the economic pressures Patriot News Feed cited might have gotten worse, they didn’t affect millennials while they were young. Now they do. That, more than the worsening, explains their political shift. Your editor noticed the difference, during the Reagan Years, between the politics of medical students on one hand, and house officers on the other. The one had others to help them pay tuition, fees, and expenses. The other were responsible for all these things themselves.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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