Just had enough time today to skim a few websites, and found this gem: Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service
It reinforces what we’ve been saying on this site for years about Da’ Yutes™ in general. This obviously does NOT apply to our youthful pups here in the Empire. They generally don’t respond to reality, but prefer their politics to center on appearances. They are NOT reachable by normal political methods because of this, and conservative ideology can’t be cool, because it involves ‘boring’ political points. Ogabelini managed to capture their attention long enough for them to show-up at the polls in numbers that put him over the top.
Most telling is that a clear majority of these folks stated they intended to vote for Obama in ’12, yet significant respondents, on the order of 35% are undecided. Our side in both groups skews down ~13% and that is well outside their stated MOE at 2-3% . I’m still looking through the survey, but it seems the area where Obama’s DISAPPROVAL is high, is about his handling of the economy and also 39/38% responded that the country is heading in the wrong direction, with the plurality of responses here were ‘Don’t Know’ at 40/35%.
A quick look at this clearly tells us that we have a big task ahead, if we have any hope of shifting the youth vote. I did find it very interesting that a massive majority never participates in any form of political discussion or advocation. I think this tells us that the ‘COOL’ factor is still the major reason they continue to support Obama, but the fact that they don’t participate in politics makes changing their opinions very, very difficult, and all indications seem to show they’re back to carefully ignoring deciding on issues before election-day. In summary, here you have fiddy-twoers still as clueless and apathetic as they were in 2008, when they bought an inexperienced, radical community organizer’s glitz and ‘coolness’ to make a historic moment in history (their narrative) happen.
I don’t think history will treat them well in a few years.
Discuss and Carry-On