Millennials, Government and Mistrust

New York Times | July 21, 2014


The grandparents stood for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and its massive expansion of government power. The children marched for civil rights and a war’s end, demanding changes in law and policy. And now the grandchildren use Uber to ferry their children to charter schools.

That is the picture painted by new polling data on American political loyalties. It depicts, among other things, a rising generation of left-leaning Americans who possess less faith than their elders in the power of government to combat injustices and pursue noble collective enterprises, and who seem to place greater stock in rugged, self-starting individualism.

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