Survey: Recent college grads wising up about Obama

posted at 11:12 am on May 20, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A recent informal survey of 500 post-grads primarily between the ages of 22 and 28 — 83 percent of whom voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 — found just 27 percent of Obama’s previous youth supporters plan to vote for him again, The Daily Caller reports. That’s a drop of almost 60 points.

In contrast, of those who voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, a vast majority — 80 percent — said they would vote GOP again. An 80 percent majority of those newly disillusioned by Obama said they would consider voting for a Republican in 2012, too.

Why the change? Probably that first paycheck — or the lack thereof.

The bad news for Obama was underlined May 19 with a report by a job-firm Adecco that roughly 60 percent of recent college-grads have not been able to find a full-time job in their preferred area. One-in-five graduates have taken jobs far from their training, one-in-six are dependent on their parents, and one-in-four say they’re in debt, according to the firm’s data.

Overall, roughly one-third of young voters have some college education, and one-half have college degrees, said [Kellyanne] Conway, [president of The Polling Company based in Washington D.C.]. Many are underemployed or unemployed, they’re worried about their debts and economic trends, and they’re worried about the value of their educations, she said. In 2012, she said, “I suspect a fair number will return to Obama, but maybe not enough, and not in the [swing] states where he needs them,” she said.

But maybe another factor is at work here, too. J. Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs with Liberty Counsel, has suggested young people have no direction in which to rebel — except to the right.

[Today's liberals] compliantly conform – like little windup, patchouli-daubed lemmings – to a carnival-prize caricature of what they imagine nonconformity to look like. You know, the usual stuff: neo-Marxism, environmentalist activism, sexual relativism, big-government nanny statism, an actions-without-consequences rendering of reproductive rights, and other such populist nonsense. Simply put, today’s progressive nonconformist conforms …

So what is a young person – brimming over with that instinctive, defiant impulse to rebel against “the man” – to do?

Well, in this up-is-down, spend-money-to-save-money world, conservatives have become the contemporary nonconformists. Today’s rebellious youth are telling the progressive establishment to put its moral-relativist, redistributionist party-line pig swill in its well-used chamber pipe and smoke it.

I’m inclined to think he could be on to something. Independence, self-reliance, personal responsibility — they’re attractive traits. Maybe folks my age have finally figured out a little of that mix would be attractive in them, too. We’re probably a long way from a true “conservative is cool” culture — as Barber points out, we have pretty entrenched liberalism in media, academia and elsewhere to overcome — but, at the very least, this survey suggests a few of those kids who sported “Yes, we can” T-shirts two years ago have decided they’d like to try their own hand at “hope and change” by creating opportunities for themselves — and by voting out an administration that makes it harder to do that.


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Think SCOTUS…

…are you sweating, yet?

ladyingray on May 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Yes, but I’m not willing to have a RINO POTUS mainline big govt. It is that important for the GOP to recognize and embrace the conservative planks and not donk-light elites

If the worst happens and Obambi is re-elected, I pray it is with a majority of conservatives in both houses that will assert its powers when needed to stand up to SCOTUS over reach.

AH_C on May 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Why the change? Probably that first paycheck — or the lack thereof.

Cliche is a conservative is just a liberal who’s been mugged by reality…

Obama’s not only mugged them, he’s told them to put some ice on that and be thankful for the chance to let him do it

Rogue on May 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Good stuff, Tina!:

To paraphrase Jimmy Stewart’s daughter, Zuzu Bailey in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’: “Every time a young liberal meets reality, an angel gets his wings.”

T3h One is going to have to play some Major League Catch-Up pretty quick. Especially when added to his ‘Throw Israel Under The Bus’ presser yesterday afternoon and his moments ago B*tch Slapping, courtesy of Bibi Netanyahu.

Just sayin’.

Jack Deth on May 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

c.j.ammenheuser on May 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Gee, maybe you should check out GO PROUD on FB…they are swarming with “Republican” gays…young or otherwise…and they can’t stand what the dems are doing to their country…

lovingmyUSA on May 20, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Oh this article is correct. We hate Obama. My generation is going in Ron Paul’s direction.

Small Gov’t in domestic AND FOREIGN policy.

Nelsen on May 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM

What would make them a lock on Obama? They attended some college, but not enough.

I’m not sure that can completely explain a vote in that direction. Not everyone pays for college with a loan or a grant, and that could mean that the person had no option left.

sethstorm on May 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

As Neal Boortz once wrote,”Half of the country is Libertarian and don’t even know it”….

As more and more rights are taken away by both parties, I think more people are going to look into Libertarian, Goldwater Conservative philosophy and start voting that way. It’s closer to the Enlightenment Founding Fathers’ vision of the Constitution than either party today.

That being said, I will still vote Republican in 2012 to remove the Communist from the White House. Hopefully, either we get Palin or Bachmann in there to send a message to the Washington Republican RINO machine that it’s a new day…Socialism and the inherent corruption must die…. SHOW NO QUARTER!!!!!!!!

adamsmith on May 20, 2011 at 3:31 PM

As Neal Boortz once wrote,”Half of the country is Libertarian and don’t even know it”….

adamsmith on May 20, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Libertarians have a millstone around their neck called Ron Paul, that prevents their philosophy from getting a fair shake. Until he passes from the scene they have no chance.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Libertarians have a millstone around their neck called Ron Paul, that prevents their philosophy from getting a fair shake. Until he passes from the scene they have no chance.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

A new name is needed, libs change what they’re called every few years.

Liberals —> Progressives

Libertarian —> Progressivitarian???

angryed on May 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I agree with you slickwillie2001….He’s a friggin’ loon..and not truly Libertarian in many respects. It’s too bad Wayne Allen Root, the Libertarian candidate didn’t run on a Republican ticket and get to present the Goldwater Conservative viewpoint which is where realistic Libertarian philosophy really lies. Unfortunately, Mr Magoo is the poster child of Libertarians….

adamsmith on May 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

angryed, you seem to have Progressives and Libertarians confused. True Libertarian philosophy is more Conservative than most Republicans. Most Libertarians look at Progressivism as the true cancer it is in the political/philosophical sense…….

adamsmith on May 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Tina, I can vouch for this as a mom of a college senior. She had planned to enter the workforce after graduation, but the job market is so dismal that she is continuing on with grad school. She is very, very interested in the 2012 election now, and her conservative roots have resurfaced.

sybilll on May 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

It is funny how the nonconformists of the hippie era all had uniforms, albeit of the dirty Levi and tie-dyed type.

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Great minds…!

There was only a handful of those millions who stuck with their principles and continue to live a simple existence on their communes…not the ideal situation for the advancement of technology and civilization, but at least those few meant what they said and don’t bother anyone. There are very conservative folk who live similar lives.

Obama’s been a good President – as far as educating Americans on the superiority of limited government goes. His overreaches keep putting people in touch with the reasons the founders put limits on government.

Maybe another four years of this would be a good thing for Americans – which is why I’m not sweating this next election. The only way we can lose is to elect an establishment Republican – who will simply confuse Americans on what conservative values really are – which is what both Bush’s did.

HondaV65 on May 20, 2011 at 11:17 AM

What I’ve been thinking. On the other hand, these Marxists are so firmly entrenched and there’s so many other negative factors working against us, even a Reagan II won’t matter much in the long run.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

A new name is needed, libs change what they’re called every few years.

Liberals —> Progressives

Libertarian —> Progressivitarian???

I thought we already had a new name – The Tea Party

smitgx1 on May 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I being 22 years old have since the age of 17 hated all things progressive and statist. Hell, i started listening to talk radio at that time..Not sure what it is with most of the toolbags my age.

BrianVII on May 20, 2011 at 4:51 PM

My son is a college student who works part time at Outback. In 2008 he told me that he was practically the only one at his restaurant that didn’t vote vfor the “cool black guy.”

The typical Outback waitstaff employee is 18 – 28, a college student working part-time and middle class white.

Hopefully, their opinion of Obama is changing.

bw222 on May 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

MadDogF on May 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

That you are an idiot. A self centered one at that. Generalize much? Bud?

Vince on May 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

You are a moron and a thief. You called me self centered?

How about you and your kind are turning my children’s country into Zimbabwe demanding we continue to support your stupid a$$. We can’t afford stupidity. We can’t afford Medicaid, medicare, or SS.

You believed consummate liars and expect me and my children to pay for you?

As far as me being self centered, dam straight!.

I know I won’t receive benefits, I will NEVER bow to the government and be it’s slave. I will make my own way, you sir, can bend over and take it.

MadDogF on May 20, 2011 at 10:49 PM

I know here at Penn State, the bloom is off the rose with Obama. Most kids i talk to have decided he is just another politician with an “all talk, no results” record.

I doubt he can rely on the extra 1% of the vote he got from young voters in ’08. They are historically a non factor and will go back to that in 2012.

alecj on May 21, 2011 at 3:49 AM

I’ll bet you never met obambi.

VegasRick on May 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

You are thinking of Will Rogers, not Roy.

Lanceman on May 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Oh this article is correct. We hate Obama. My generation is going in Ron Paul’s direction.

Nelsen

So you’re going from one loser to another, lol. Good job.

Folks, we are not getting the youth vote. If you believe they aren’t voting for Obama, you’ll believe anything.

xblade on May 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Umm, maybe in your Gay Studies department you get a disproportionate sample, but most people in general are not gay. Meaning that gay issues have limited impact on their lives, especially once they leave University and go out into the real world.

The abstraction of the gay person they don’t personally know longing to get married starts to matter less than the concrete reality of having to live in their mothers’ basements because there are no jobs.

Sekhmet on May 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The gay issues have always been more about developing a social shield for the comparatively large portion of the population that misbehaves heterosexually than the rather small fraction that insists on homosexuality. If its okay to be gay, then its okay for men to hop in and out of bed with as many different women as they like without taking any responsibility for it.

Count to 10 on May 21, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I gotta back up the people here who pretty much nails it that the libtard Generation Y is too stupid to be concerned with economic stuff. Gay rights is their cause. Nothing else interests them. I’m from this libtard generation, and people of my generation are OBSESSED with gay stuff. It’s unbelievable how stupid they are. Gen Y people vote culturally.

Apologetic California on May 21, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Overall, roughly one-third of young voters have some college education, and one-half have college degrees, said [Kellyanne] Conway, [president of The Polling Company based in Washington D.C.]. Many are underemployed or unemployed, they’re worried about their debts and economic trends, and they’re worried about the value of their educations, she said.

The snob factor is coming into play. Obama was hip and cool – Harvard-educated, wealthy, well-dressed – and promised the wanna-be elite 20-somethings a future that they could like. Hope, change, sexy jobs in non-profits and government for all.

Now all of those people with $200,000 degrees in sociology are finding that the only employment opportunities available to them in Obama’s America are not sexy, hip, well-paid jobs; they are either working for free or flipping burgers. They are living with their parents, or supported by their parents. These people think that jobs in construction, mining, on oil rigs, in the military, etc., are for other people – the little people. Government help (“change”) is for other people, not them. Financial hard times? Low-paying jobs with little reward and no job stability? Since when does the 22-year-old yuppie want that?

Free health care was supposed to mean that the government would give the hipster free health care while she worked as a freelancer, not that she wouldn’t be able to get a job because companies can’t afford the mandates.

“Hope and change” was supposed to mean that the government would stop being so money-hungry and corrupt, but it turns out that Obama eats $100/pound steak and fetes the rich while everyone else clips coupons. (Now, anyone who looked at Obama’s $650 million campaign budget could tell you that there would be a problem, but that escaped our idealistic youth.)

Roxeanne de Luca on May 21, 2011 at 11:38 PM

just 27 percent of Obama’s previous youth supporters plan to vote for him again,

So they had to graduate to real life to actually learn something, huh? Better late than never, I guess.

As for the rebellion angle, I went to college in the 80′s. Most of the profs were baby boomer libs who talked about the good old days of campus protests and how we just weren’t engaged. As if 20-somethings would want to act like a bunch of aging (30′s and 40′s back then) hippies. Pffft.

CJ on May 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM

You know the old saying – fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. People DO wise up.

LODGE4 on May 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Why is the head line so amazing? It’s a known fact that grads that have been spoon fed all their lives and lived with Mom and Dad and enjoyed the comforts of home and go into the real world where the sweat of their brow, taxes, rent and individual responsibly are paramount that the “Left” looses its luster.

mixplix on May 23, 2011 at 8:15 AM

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