Half of millennials more likely to lean Democratic; young adults tend to be single, churchless

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  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    March 9, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    @Sven brought up several facts about southern Democrats and Democrat positions from fifty or more years ago as an indictment of the current Democratic party.

    In 1856 the two year-old Republican party nominated its first presidential candidate on a platform against the "Twin Relics of Barbarism, Slavery and Polygamy." That platform grew in to the legal, political and military campaigns that ended Utah polygmay. But now the majority of Utah citizens identify as Republican, several Mormons hold national office as Republicans, and a Mormon was the most recent Republican presidential candidate.

    GOP history is as much a fact as southern Democrat history, and neither set of facts have much to do with the positions of the parties and politicians today.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    March 9, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    Sven said:

    "* 1964 Civil Rights Act: Democrat support 61%; Republican support 80%. Interestingly, former Democrat Senator Robert K Byrd (President Pro-Tem) filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act..."

    This is the same Robert K. Byrd (now deceased), celebrated by Democrats, who was a former Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    March 9, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    Pagan said:

    "It's really a question of being Inclusive Vs. Divisive. Libs welcome the Woman vote, the Latino vote, Americans of color, LGBT."


    * Jim Crow segregation laws were enacted by Democrats

    * 1964 Civil Rights Act: Democrat support 61%; Republican support 80%. Interestingly, former Democrat Senator Robert K Byrd (President Pro-Tem) filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as did Democrat Al Gore Sr.

    * Margaret Sanger, Liberal Icon and founder of Planned Parenthood, in her 1939 "Negro Project" had as her goal, the desire to greatly reduce the Black population, or as she referred to them, "human weeds." Ever wonder why so many Planned Parenthood Centers are in the inner-city? 13 million black babies aborted since 1973.

    Rewriting history doesn't change it.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    March 9, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    I am not a Millennial, I am a cranky baby-boomer and I am an independent.

    I have major conflicts with many platform planks of the GOP and have a problem with the theocratic basis of many of their positions and causes.

    At the same time I have conflict with the political correctness and some planks of the Democrats.

    I try hard to listen to and look at the record of the candidate and vote accordingly, regardless of political affiliation. Having said that, I probably vote more often for (D) than (R) candidates, especially on the national level. A majority of the time my vote is about what I perceive to be "least harm," and I am voting against a one candidate rather than for another.

    Based on conversations with the Millennials in my circle of friends, they do much the same. Party loyalty is second to issues, and they tend to object to theocracy as a basis for laws. They are often voting against a candidate who they perceive to be a danger.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    March 9, 2014 1:38 a.m.

    Pagan said:

    "Barry has created more jobs than the last Republican President. And unemployment is actually lower, than when Bush was in office."

    * Under President Bush, real unemployment was 4.3-5%

    * Under Dear Leader, real unemployment is over 14% (In order for them to get their 8-9% unemployment figures they're so proud of, they don't count those who've stopped looking for work, and those who've exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment).

    * Under Dear Leader, 92 million Americans are out of the workforce; the highest rate in 35 years

    * Under Dear Leader, over 47 million Americans are on food stamps; which is almost double what it was in January 2009.

    * The CBO Report from 2/4/2014 projected that Obamacare will reduce the number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs.

    "The future is ours."

    What future would that be? A future where college grads can't get jobs? A future where more and more young people are having to stay with their parents? A future where they're on the hook for Obamacare?

    This isn't a future, it's serfdom.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    Barry has created more jobs than the last Republican President. And unemployment is actually lower, than when Bush was in office.

    The continued fear-mongering and hate speech from the right is driving this trend. When it comes to good examples, you are not going to be one if you are going around calling people sinners and watch Duck Dynasty.

    It's really a question of being Inclusive Vs. Divisive. Libs welcome the Woman vote, the Latino vote, Americans of color, LGBT.

    What does the Right welcome? Nothing.

    The future is ours.

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    March 8, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    Easy to be a lib until you get your first paycheck. Most millenials haven't recieved one yet. And as long as Barry is in office they won't.

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    March 7, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    It would be nice if we just moved back to the nature principles and laws and put away the thoughts of parties. I think that is how it started. Unfortunately, history does repeat itself. Once freedom is lost whether it be through heavy taxes brought through the belief of forced compassion or by a change in the form of government it is lost and hasn't returned except after very difficult times.

    I am old enough that I probably will not see this, but I do worry about what my family will endure. The direction, desired or not, is not pretty.


  • Melanna Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 7, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    The interesting thing about this article - what is considered left now, was considered centrist 30 years ago. The Republicans keep moving further and further right - according to some, Reagan was too liberal.

    As Republicans continue to move right, more and more people will stop identifying with them and will, by contrast, appear liberal - even though they are actually very centrist in their view points.

    This is not a happy state of affairs as it will lead to a reduction of political compromise and a one party system.

    For the sake of this country, we need at least two parties offering valid ideas and working on compromising for the best outcomes.

    Hopefully Independents (or some other centrist leaning group) will become a valid middle ground party and pick up the slack of the ever receding Republicans.

  • HelioTeller Mapleton, UT
    March 7, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    In the thread: The wail of a dying party looking to blame everybody but themselves.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    March 7, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Heidi71 said: A result of the anti-God, left leaning public school system.

    A more apt description is that people no longer pay heed to the evil and hate that has been spewed for far too long in the name of religion. The younger generation today wants to create a truly free America for ALL people. I stand by and applaud them. It's time that all citizens of this great and secular nation receive their guaranteed right of freedom, under the Constitution, from the yolk of oppressive religious intolerance.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 7, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    Article title: "Half of millennials more likely to lean Democratic; young adults tend to be single, churchless’"

    And, with that, the moral descent of America continues.....

  • Mr.Glass Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin:

    The problem with your comment that not being conservative amounts to not having a brain is the fact the more Conservatives are anti-science. Evolution, according to many conservatives, doesn't really happen, or if they accept it does happen, they can't accept that humans have evolved.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 7, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    With an increase of access to broadly sourcred information millenials are less likely to graviate toward institutions that are reliant on propaganda. It's really that simple. Talking points and fierce proclamations absent any kind of evidence no longer cuts it with this young generation. We need to encourage institutions of every sort to strive toward authenticity and open debate instead of dogma and heirarchy.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 7, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    If you're not liberal at 20, you don't have a heart. If you're not conservative at 30, you don't have a brain.

    Nothing surprising - or different - about this poll.

  • Mr.Glass Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    Thanks to the majority of millennials, I think we can look forward to more reason and less superstition in the future. In other words, we have a bright future ahead of us.

  • rusby Minneapolis, MN
    March 7, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    I tend to think a lot of young people are looking for instant solutions to world problems. Presently, what are considered left leaning policies tend to offer what appear to be quick solutions to the problems of life. They tend to look for solace in things that are readily available and are part offered by what the religious refer to as "the world". Not too unfrequently, as people age, a portion of them will realize that the promises, upon which they previously relied, are unfulfilled, and their focus turns to things that offer solutions that will pay dividends that they will never see. Sometimes, this includes a return to the religions that were followed by their ancestors.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 7, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    When I was younger, I related a lot more with what "millenials" now identify with in terms of opinion. Fortunately, I was blessed with access to people from all around the spectrum as I grew up, and most importantly, a chance to not only learn Gospel principles, but see them in action and compare the results with those whose lives didn't have a grounding in establishing a strong, healthy family or seeking Christlike attributes.

    A lot of people in my age range don't have that.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 7, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    The Archie Bunkers are dying of, good riddance.
    The times they are a changing....again, duh.