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 August 8, 2023

Younger Americans turning on Biden, trending more conservative

A new study shows that more 18-29-year-olds are turning against Democrats and are trending more conservative.

John Della Volpe, Director of Polling, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, shared the details of the study in an interview with the Hill.

The changes

“Nearly every sign that made me confident in historic levels of youth participation in 2018, 2020, and 2022 — is now flashing red,” Della Volpe wrote in his analysis of 2024.

“The ground is more fertile for voting when youth believe voting makes a tangible difference," he added.

Trending more conservative

"In annual surveys over the last three years, roughly one-quarter of high school seniors self-identified as conservative or 'very conservative' on the Monitoring the Future survey, a scholarly endeavor that dates to the 1970s. Only 13 percent of boys identified as liberal or very liberal in those years," a separate report noted about the Monitoring the Future survey.

"The figures represent a striking shift in the political views of boys. As recently as the late 2000s, liberal boys occasionally outnumbered conservatives. Back in the Carter era, both boys and girls leaned liberal," it added.

A big difference

"The University of Michigan survey shows that 12th grade boys are the most conservative they’ve ever been, while 12th grade girls are the most liberal," the Daily Caller observed.

"Boys were about twice as likely to identify as conservative than liberal, a recent trend to emerge in a survey tracking the political leanings of high schoolers since 1975," it added.

The mainstream media tends to suggest that the change is negative, blaming the shift on racism.

The move is a positive for conservatives in America who may find some hope that the next generation is growing more conservative after liberal extremes over the past 20 years on a variety of social issues, ranging from family and marriage to gender identity.

The latest study shows the nation's young people are still in need of more improvement in terms of conservative values but also reveals a better situation than mainstream media will often admit or prefer in the culture wars in America.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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