Young voters show signs of being more liberal

Brendan Williams

Republicans are losing the battle when it comes to young voters across the country says a national poll.

Approximately 35 percent of young voters (ages 18-33) identify as Republican, the rest as Democrat, or Third Party. 35 percent of young voters is a large change after the recent conservative movement that swept the country.

This could mean that many more young voters are swaying independent and voting depending on the candidate themselves, or it could mean this new generation is more liberal than today’s society.

In 2008, polls were done in the 18-29 age group dealing with the House of Representatives voting. 60 percent of young voters said they leaned toward  Democrat, while the Republican stance only received 33 percent. In 2014, the same study was conducted, 54 percent agreeing with Democrats and 43 percent agreeing with Republicans in the House.

Christian Grube, freshman, identifies as Independent, doesn’t side with either party and detests the party system as a whole. She votes for whomever she sees fit to lead the country.

“The party system is an old fashioned way of thinking,” said Grube. “Having to separate your ideas into one group of people or another. Most Independents believe in different aspects from both.”

Describing her ideas, she expresses her liberal side when dealing with social policies such as gun laws, abortion and gay marriage. However, when fiscal policy is discussed, Grube says she is “100 percent Republican.”

Danielle Irwin, freshman, explained why she sided with Democrats on social issues.

“I think that everyone should have the basic human rights of abortion and being able to marry whoever they want,” said Irwin.

Some experts say the change is because young voters generally have a lower income, which Democrats support with fiscal policy such as Medicaid and welfare.

Ideas vary as to why Republicans are losing young voters. Some say the new generation of voters agree with Democrats more because they are more liberal in social policies and do not look into fiscal policies, some beg to differ. Regardless, if the trend stays, experts say the country will drastically change in the next 30 to 40 years.