Are the youth anti-government?

The Atlantic has an interesting article about the Millennial generation, the 95 million Americans born between 1982 and 2003. Here are some snippets:

  • They don’t see politics or government as a way to improve their communities, their country, or the world. So they are rejecting public service as a career path.
  • “Politics just doesn’t seem relative to a lot of us and our world. [T]ell me one big thing that has come out of Washington. Results are important to us, and sadly, politics isn’t a place for results.”
  • Millennials believe traditional politics and government (especially Washington) are the worst avenues to great things.
  • 51 percent of Millennials believe that when government runs something it is usually wasteful and inefficient, up from 31 percent in 2003 and 42 percent in 2009.
  • 86 percent of Millennials support private Social Security accounts and 74 percent would change Medicare so people can buy private insurance. Sixty-three percent believe free trade is a good thing. Only 38 percent of Millennials support affirmative action.

 

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