When it comes to the social safety net, millennials support it. But Pew finds little evidence that millennials are more supportive than older cohorts: writing that millennials are “not particularly supportive of an expanded social safety net” (p.76). Indeed, the chart (right) shows similar shares of millennials, GenXers, and Boomers agree “government should help more needy people even if it means going deeper into debt.”
Moreover, even as Reason-Rupe found strong millennial support for government guarantees, similar questions asked of a national sample find older and younger Americans are equally supportive. For instance, take this April 2012 Pew Survey, accessed via the Roper Center (above). Were millennials staunch economic liberals, they would be more supportive of the social safety net compared to older cohorts, yet they are not.