Republican Poll Shows Strong Youth Support for Liberal Policies
We dig Igor Volsky's Think Progress post, "GOP Survey Of Young People Reveals They Support Progressive Policies," which notes:
The College Republican National Committee released a report on Monday outlining the major challenges facing the GOP as it seeks to rebrand and redefine itself in the aftermath of the 2012 election...But a close reading of the 90-page report finds that young people have strong disagreements with Republican policies -- including large parts of former candidate's Mitt Romney's platform -- and are far more likely to support progressive positions.
Among the 11 examples cited by Volsky:
1. GOP economic polices are to blame for the recession. "Although 'Republican economic policies' is the factor least likely to be viewed as playing a major role in causing the crisis, this is mostly due to young Republicans in the sample hesitating to pin blame directly on their own party, and an outright majority of young people still think those Republican policies are to blame - hardly an encouraging finding."
3. Increase taxes on the wealthy. "Perhaps most troubling for Republicans is the finding from the March 2013 CRNC survey that showed 54% of young voters saying 'taxes should go up on the wealthy,' versus 31% who say "taxes should be cut for everyone."
5. Expand universal health care coverage. "Many of the young people in our focus groups noted that they thought everyone in America should have access to health coverage. In the Spring 2012 Harvard Institute of Politics survey of young voters, 44% said that "basic health insurance is a right for all people, and if someone has no means of paying for it, the government should provide it." ... As one participant in our focus group of young men in Columbus put it, "at least Obama was making strides to start the process of reforming health care."
8. Democrats are more responsive on student loans. "Many focus group members did think that Democrats were responding to the student loan crisis. "I think they're more in tune to what we need right now with student loans, getting a job, fixing the housing market and the environment," observed one participant from Orlando, with another adding that he had "heard Obama once say, oh, he has student loans, he went to school, he knows what we're going through."
10. Bush's wars blew up the deficit. "The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan themselves, however, were largely viewed as having been a net negative for the U.S. In fact, during focus group discussions about the recession, one respondent said she felt that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had contributed in part to the economic crisis."
The other examples are equally-encouraging for Dems. It appears the GOP youth outreach department has an exceptionally daunting task ahead.