It seems the younger generation of under-30 wants bigger government and for the government to do more, at least according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. This group also identifies themselves as liberals and Democratic voters.
Conservative and libertarian activists on the college campuses may have a lot of work to do in the future if they want to convince young voters that government may not be the panacea for the economy, health care, education and other domestic issues.
New research by Pew suggested that the 18-29 demographic, who are mostly supporters of President Barack Obama and maintain a Democratic Party affiliation, though the president lost six percent of the youth vote in the last election, say the government should do more to solve the problems of today.
Five-nine percent said the United States needs bigger government, while 37 percent responded that the government is doing too many things that should be left up to individuals and the private sector. Furthermore, 53 percent said the government needs to expand its role in health care.
“The rise in young people embracing paternalistic government comes as no shock,” said Gabriella Hoffman, a field coordinator for the Leadership Institute, in an interview with the Daily Caller. “Most have developed contempt for free enterprise and limited government from their college professors who inject anti-free market, socialist and even Marxist views into their lectures.”
Although the margin of those who support the increase in the size of government has narrowed from 69 percent in 2008, most of the 18-29 still hold liberal positions on domestic issues: 68 percent said illegal immigrants should be given a chance for legal status, 64 percent supported in making abortion legal in all cases, two-thirds want their state to legalize gay marriage and 61 percent believe the U.S. system favors the wealthy rather than most Americans.
Young voters are even becoming less religious than they were four years ago. 19 percent of those 18 to 29 are not affiliated with religion and the same number also noted that they never attend religious services.
Digital Journal sought comment from Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), but there has been no response as of yet.