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The Conservative Movement Growing Amongst Young American Adults

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2023
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by Matt Kane
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Liberal politics has woven its way into virtually all areas of American life. Corporate America, professional sports, the entertainment industry, schools, and even subtle things never previously given much attention to such as commercials on our televisions are now filled with social messaging to promote an agenda on the masses. Due to this, people that previously considered themselves non- or a-political are being exposed to subtle, yet noticeable political messaging. While irritating and intrusive, the silver lining for conservatives is that it has expanded the conservative movement to a portion of the population that likely didn’t consider themselves “conservative” prior.

It is no secret that young Americans tend to lean more liberal. There are many different circumstances you can credit (or blame) for this. The most known and obvious is the indoctrination that takes place at colleges and universities. Young men and women who go to college for the first time are understandably highly impressionable due to a lack of life experience. That isn’t a knock or an insult, it’s a fact of life. 18-year-olds are not expected to have their worldview figured out yet, that comes with experience. However, they are forced to enroll in courses that are instructed overwhelmingly by left-leaning professors. Some students can see through the skewed narratives they are fed for years and maintain their existing conservative viewpoints. Or, if they did not previously view themselves as conservative, could come to that conclusion on their own.

However, large demographics of people being told the same thing repeatedly over the course of time is more likely to result in the majority going along with and believing something as opposed to refuting it, it’s simply easier. Remove politics for a moment. The path of least resistance is far more common than going against the grain, basic human behavior proves this. If this applies to everything, it certainly applies to political ideology, perhaps more than any other area of life when you consider how impossible it has become to avoid politics even if one desires to. Of course, not every young person goes to college, but even in non-educational settings liberalism wedges itself into society.

There is no doubt that the liberal movement has had a significant head start. Thankfully, that head start is not the end-all-be-all. In fact, it is beginning to have the reverse effect of what it intends to. Numbers now suggest that this in-your-face liberal virtue signaling is resulting in an increase in Americans who identify as conservative, and not just from the usual suspects. Just recently, a Gallup poll revealed the highest percentage of Americans identifying as socially conservative since 2012. Diving deeper into the numbers, it also showed that 38% of those polled identified as “conservative” or “very conservative” compared to just 29% of those polled who identified as “liberal” or “very liberal.” To compare, a poll last year revealed 34% identified as liberal while 33% identified as conservative.

Keep in mind, these figures were released after mainstream news declared that the reversal of Roe v. Wade was going to result in a massive blowback to the right for decades because people were so deeply enraged by the decision. But according to this poll, it appears leftist causes being carved into every corner of American culture are having a lot stronger of a social impact on Americans than the Supreme Court returning decisions regarding abortion laws back to individual states, where it should have always been.

The Gallup poll polled people between the ages of 30-64. But other reports show an even younger demographic trending conservative. Younger voters still undoubtedly lean left. But in 2008, voters between the ages of 18-29 voted 62-33 in favor of Barack Obama compared to John McCain. That same demographic is now 30-44 years old, and in this year’s midterms, they voted in favor of Democrats by just FOUR percent. In 15 years, an entire voter bloc shifted from 34% in favor of Democrats to just 4%. And comparing the 2008s group that was +34 in favor of Democrats to today’s 18–29-year-olds, that lead has cut to 28 points. That is still a substantial lead but cutting into 6% of a specific group is not insignificant. Furthermore, when you focus on the 18–24-year-old portion of that group, the Democrat lead lessens to 25%. Again, it is significant, but the trend is moving to the right. Lastly, 47 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 identified as liberal as recently as 2017. Today, that number sits at 34 percent, a 13% cut in just 5 years is noteworthy.

One last piece of evidence showing Americans on the whole prefer conservatism: Undergraduate college enrollment dropped 8 percent from 2019 to 2022. Tuition costs rising and suffocating student loans in addition to all the leftist ideology pushed in schools that is known to all has absolutely deterred young high school graduates from enrolling in college and has led them to smartly pursue future career paths that don’t require accruing 6 figures worth of debt by the time they are barely legal to consume alcohol.

In conclusion, all of these figures prove two things. One, Democrats still have a grip on the youngest bloc of voters, without question. But two, their lead is becoming less and less as time goes on. While on the surface, Democrats have no fear of losing this group overall, (fair) elections are not determined by individual voter blocs won, but rather the votes themselves. In elections that are determined by a “hair,” this trend would undoubtedly aid conservatives, of course only if elections are returned to an even playing field.

The significant percentages of voters defecting from Democrat voting show that the conservative movement, particularly amongst young Americans, is growing. The party that supports the indoctrination of children and young adults in schools, woke corporations force-feeding LGBTQ ideology, “family-friendly” drag shows, and canceling anybody who has ever done anything just slightly politically incorrect is, while infuriating to witness, aiding in growing the conservative movement.

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Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
1 year ago

This is a very encouraging article Matt . Well Done ! Anyone who cares about the direction the Nation is headed should appreciate what you wrote here. Thoughts that are uplifting, like knowing that there is a significant number of young Americans who have the intelligence to recognize the value of Conservative beliefs, are important. Good news ! Good for morale ! Good for the spirit of what the United States of America should stand for. An appreciation of history will aid in the effort to develop more interest in Conservative values. I will finish this comment with the last sentence of the Declaration of Independence. ” And in support for this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” Another great source of more recent Conservative knowledge for those who are relatively new to Conervatism would be the book by Paul Kengor entitled ” The Eleven Principles of a Reagan Conservative ” , written in 2014 .

Carla
Carla
1 year ago

I have run into more conservative young people in the last five years than previously. However, they are not satisfied with the same corrupt GOP in Washington right now, and I completely agree with them. They are a new conservative generation that is tired of the corruption, and they want a better future for their families. They are smart, they are informed and they are tired of the typical dogma that the current GOP stands for (all talk and no action). It gives me hope for the future of our country.

Melinda
Melinda
1 year ago

Remember the quote “If you’re not liberal when young you have no heart. If you’re not conservative when older you have no brain.” There’s some truth in this. I considered myself liberal in my 20s and 30s, despit my parents being conservative. I outgrew that fairly quickly due to observing life. It is encouraging that more younger people are leaning conservative.

DBM
DBM
1 year ago

You say “18-year-olds are not expected to have their worldview figured out yet, that comes with experience.” So why should they get to vote?

George Washington's Admirer
George Washington's Admirer
1 year ago

Wonderful Article; to be followed by: ‘Seniors are becoming more Conservative’. Everyday that the present administration exists; one is ever so glad they are Republican. The ever so repressive; (and lacking in any form of common sense;) dim democrats are making ever more committed; Republicans of all ages. The communists have kept that golden thread of illogical ‘leadership’. From Bible Burnings, to removal of President George Washington’s statues, to the removal of President Thomas Jefferson’s statue in New York’s City Hall, to changing every historical name in the country, to melting down and removing every vestige of history; (in the name of democracy and equality), and even pig heads being burned with cop hats on, to chanting: “Hey, hey, ho, ho 1776 has got to go”, to propaganda laced Main Stream Media, and ‘mandated everything’ without approval of Congress…At this rate the vast majority of Americans will turn conservative. They are on a roll; let’s not stand in their way! May God Protect What Is Left Of Our History & Our Country! And, May God Save What Is Left of The United States of America!

Ray
Ray
1 year ago

This is an answer to my prayers that as our young people grow up, they will become smarter, more conservative voters and thinkers. There is HOPE for our future! AMEN!!

Traditionalist Patriot
Traditionalist Patriot
1 year ago

It’s not surprising that people are trying to do what is right for themselves and their families. Not long ago (before covid), we were energy independent, had low inflation, high employment for all groups, were more cohesive, had a strong military, and protected borders. All of that worked for Americans.

Jane Dewberry
Jane Dewberry
1 year ago

Perhaps, the younger generation has slowly but surely come to the conclusion that, although the progressive liberal agenda may sound good audibly and look good on paper, it just does nothing to benefit those who are identified as being “middle class”. It only ends up benefiting the upper echelon–the moneyed oligarchs–whose end goal is to subjugate the rest of us to their will. They are desirous of having only two tiers of society–the top tier being those who have money and power and therefore control the lower tier which are the ones who, according to the World Economic Forum, “will own nothing and be happy”. So, tell me just how happy you’re going to be when they’ve taken all you own and relegated you to their “15 minute cities”?

Jeri
Jeri
1 year ago

Having to face real life head on tends to change ones liberal thought patterns.

John Bass
John Bass
1 year ago

When I was of age to vote, it was crystal clear to me how I wanted to vote. There was no doubt in my mind after looking at all parties points of view.
One thing that’s always amazed me about people who vote Democrat. That’s when they’re spewing the latest Democratic talking point, and if you or anyone else challenges that point of view they tend to get very upset. To the point of name calling and extreme anger. They’re unable to articulate why or for what reason they believe the way they do…they just get angry. For whatever reason if the mothership isn’t communicating to them, telling them what to say or think, then it’s simply not done…sad, don’t you think?
God save the Queen!

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

You mean all the youth aren’t 100% stupid? There’s hope yet!

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

There would be a conservative‘revolution’ in this country if there wasn’t withholding of taxes. Even if a majority had to write checks quarterly there would be a great awakening. Withholding is what anesthesia is to surgery. On top of that, many are elated to recieve a refund after overpaying. People see it as found money.

Robert Pelno
Robert Pelno
11 months ago

I love my work in a Christian School and one of the biggest reasons is the kids are all Conservative Trump Supporters and love to high five me for wearing my Trump is still my President Hat and Don’t blame me, I voted for Trump.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Awesome, thought that LGBTQ was growing among teens too

Joanne 4 justice
Joanne 4 justice
11 months ago

Good news about the conservative movement hopefully the repubs and conservatives can join forces to destroy the evil ???? current dem party before they inflict more ???? damage to our beloved ???? country!

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

When the aliens landed on this planet, their first course of action was to brainwash the children. The rest would be easy.

Cookiepress
Cookiepress
1 year ago

interestingly all my grandsons are conservative and granddaughters liberal

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