September 09, 2016

Myth busting study on Millennial political leanings brings good news

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Millennials are self absorbed, safe-space seeking, easily triggered, lefties, right? Well, not so fast.

A new study out this week in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, discovered generational groups like millennials, are becoming more conservative over time.

Watch as I explain what the study found and the opportunity that exists for political parties on the right.

This is encouraging news for those who may have cringed thinking what a future run by liberal millennials would look like but if we want this to hold, we have to re-define a new era of what it means to be conservative on contentious social issues.

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commented 2016-09-11 22:53:41 -0400
Values haven’t declined? What are you smoking?
commented 2016-09-11 16:51:57 -0400
In reality Wilson holds libertarian views. Those views are consistent with Conservatism. Freedom, in all its forms, is a fundamental conservative values. Freedom is the essence of grass-roots organizations, and open markets, where those most affected by policies are free to shape their own destinies. The fact millennials hold freedom in high esteem bodes well for the future. Big government is anathema to freedom. That is why conservatives want less, not more, government.
commented 2016-09-11 15:38:01 -0400
Millennials. Trudope knows that all he has to do is wave that pot legalization carrot in front of their noses and he will again have their vote. Simple as that! Any millennials I know tend to be on the cusp of radical socialists with an ingrained sense of entitlement!
commented 2016-09-11 11:19:33 -0400
“Andrew many want marriage to be man and woman , they are not against gays being together just call it something else, Quit forcing definitions on others”

Nobody’s forcing definitions on anybody (anymore. Forcing the ‘straight" definition of marriage on everyone was indeed a case of that). You can still have a heterosexual marriage, current definitions don’t diminish that. Legally and socially they’re the same thing. Otherwise, this is entirely semantic, and if that’s how you define conservatism now (“I don’t like the way you spelled it”) then what’s the point?
commented 2016-09-11 11:15:15 -0400
The difference can be very much allotted to immigration. There has been an influx of Sikhs and Muslims, for example, both with morally conservative backgrounds, but statistically both blocs still vote Liberal, for the banquet and social benefits.
I hope I’m wrong.
commented 2016-09-11 02:47:18 -0400
At some point, young adults get sick of all the leftist rants, restrictions and endless demands. Nope, not enough that tax payers have to fork over reparations for the residential schools. Now it is the sixties scoop. And I bet the younger adults are seeing how the endless bitchings are going to be costing them.
commented 2016-09-10 20:14:53 -0400
Andrew many want marriage to be man and woman , they are not against gays being together just call it something else, Quit forcing definitions on others. It is like the comic book hero push form the SJW fanatics, if they want more gay characters, why not create them? Why do established characters have to be changed? And yes i realize it is not really many gay people who want this stuff, it is usually SJW fools who think they can be offended on behalf of others.
commented 2016-09-10 20:02:23 -0400
" In what way is it conservative to favour gay marriage or marijuana legalization? "

Small government, no nanny statism, freedom, liberty, and deregulation. It is in fact very conservative – small c – to do away with regulations defining marriage or controlling mind altering drugs. True conservatism takes no position on either as it feels that that should be solely an individual choice you make, not one for the government.
commented 2016-09-10 19:56:33 -0400
The real interesting part of this study is that polarization is increasing at the same time as political affiliations are weakining. The number of staunch Liberals has grown far faster than the number of staunch Conservatives, although both have grown (This is seen in Fig. 4) and table 2. However, political affiliations have grown weaker, with them becoming more “independent” and both Democrat and Republican diehards declining. Other than the single figure this headline may be predicated on, which is that GOP support has gone from 17% under the Boomers to 23% for Gen Y (it was 22% for Gen X, not a significant change).

Interestingly, the actual ratio of “conservative” to “liberal” perspectives hasn’t actually substantially changed in years. This is seen in table 2 – the numbers have been unchanged for a very long time. The supposed increase is very weak – a couple percent points, which is not really significant. This “good news” is in essence, overinterpretation.

(Yes, this Liberal works for a university and has access to paywalled articles. I suppose the rest of the peanut gallery does not, which is why this sort of story flies).
commented 2016-09-10 15:28:02 -0400
I hope the study is correct – the snowflakes at a contract job I am doing are unbearable.

I nearly started a riot in the office when I mentioned the “fag boy pm” and refused to “apologize” when the complaints started flying.

I do not fear much and at the time I happened to be armed with a couple pretty good weapons – so I simply told them to “make me if you dare”.

They all went back to their desks.
commented 2016-09-10 14:43:38 -0400
Judy, WELL SAID AND FACT!!! Have been saying this for DECADES now! This is EXACTLY WHY CANADA IS IN THE MESS IT IS IN!! It is a fact that political correctness and liberalism ( both the basis of our education in this country) is DESTROYING THE ENTIRE WESTERN WORLD which BTW was the most modern, wealthy, peaceful, stable area of the globe!! FACT!!
commented 2016-09-10 12:46:26 -0400
You’re telling us that all children across Canada – no, across North America, who were born in the same decade (even this decade for example) are all educated the same way, by teachers who all taught the same content and were motivated by the same values and principles, and consequently all these children have developed the same outlook on life, had the same priorities and aspirations and feeling about most everything !! Funny — I know very many so-called Millennials who do not feel or behave the way you say they all do. Does everyone in your Generation think, feel and act the same way? Of course not.
The issue that I guess I didn’t make clear was that you can’t cherry-pick examples that support your valid concerns (“I know a high school graduate”) and then generalize to the whole population. That just leads to ineffective and over-kill solutions to the concerns, and usually just creates more problems.
commented 2016-09-10 11:27:54 -0400
@evelyn Cooper…I beg to disagree with your view of ‘individualistic’ millennials…they ARE different from other generations because they have been educated very differently from the generations before them.

Our schools are now fully unionized and teachers are now cut from a very different kind of cloth from those in my generation. The millennials were brainwashed by union type thinking and it is getting steadily worse…why do you think they roll their eyes whenever older people speak…it is no longer just age that bothers them, it is politics that bothers them because their education has been political more than the essential reading, writing and arithmetic. That latter part of education has become an abysmal failure while they are pretty well ALL fully programmed to vote leftist as Lauren Southern showed in her piece on Ryerson University:

I know a high school graduate who had a 97 percent average who had to struggle desperately to keep up with other students from Asia because his math teaching had been a total failure…He had to educate himself in order to catch up…this is unacceptable.
commented 2016-09-10 10:20:50 -0400
The boat has sailed on the marriage issue. The extremely contentious (abortion) issue of importance which you didn’t mention could use some amendments but that apparently is too much to ask. The cannabis law is a whole new can of worms and will take years to sort out. Legalizing cannabis is mainly a job creation program and money stream for the government in my opinion. For me decriminalization was enough.

Fine, young millennials and liberal lights want their social issues, but what about the rest of what it means to be conservative. Is everything up for grabs? Brown thinks so, Rona Ambrose and many at the convention voiced a very liberal light attitude.
You are right Christopher , there are many millennials who are responsible reasonable people, and many are conservative. I’d like to see more stories which reflect that, but there is much more to conservative values than those two social ones you mentioned. I would hate to see the principals of conservatism watered down to liberal light.

It definitely feels like the definition of conservatism is being redrawn by the liberals, as Christopher Barranick mentioned. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
commented 2016-09-10 04:52:27 -0400
The defining line of what is Conservative is constantly redrawn by the Liberals when they get into power. Conservative today is not what it was 60 years ago, not by a long shot. It has gotten to the point where the word has lost its meaning and we have to take a step back (or two).
commented 2016-09-09 23:18:37 -0400
This is the second of Christopher Wilson’s pieces that I’ve watched and, just like the first one, I came away from it having grave doubts that Wilson is an actual conservative. He professes to be conservative but spends each piece arguing that we should take positions that are actually liberal/progressive. In what way is it conservative to favour gay marriage or marijuana legalization? Wilson tells us we need to adopt those positions to attract millenial conservatives, assuming such people even exist. This is the same position that has been taken by so-called RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) in the United States, particularly John McCain and Mitt Romney. RINOs in the Republican Party insisted that if Republicans adopted “moderate” positions they would attract voters but if they took genuninely conservative positions, they would scare away voters. Given that neither McCain nor Romney were elected, that strategy should now be pretty conclusively demolished but Wilson doesn’t seem to be aware of this. I suggest we all be very wary of anything out of Wilson’s mouth. Let’s learn from the mistakes of others.
commented 2016-09-09 22:29:31 -0400
Is this guy serious? He thinks the marriage situation here in Canada hasn’t affected our young people? NOw that’s naive!
commented 2016-09-09 22:24:10 -0400
On a related topic, for several years and still today, there has been the perception that Millennials are a coherent group in Society. Management courses are still promoted on How to Manage Millennials – why? Because “Millennials” are apparently different from the other generations and therefore must be dealt with differently by their organizations’ management. But when you think of this assumption for a nanosecond, it seems illogical that people born in different cultures, different economic situations, with different upbringings, different family histories and all the many other criteria by which we can measure differences in the population; that being born in a certain decade would rule out the impact of all the other influences.

Unfortunately the faddish Generation Y or Millennial stereotype has thrown a dangerous distraction into the management thought processes of many organizations. Because these popular “age stereotypes” are found in both the academic and popular press (Generation X, Y and the Boomers, etc.) many managers are encouraged and taught to manage their employees in ways dependent upon the stereotype group their employees seem to belong to — instead of managing all employees in a fair, respectful, principled way, and as individuals, irrespective of age, sex, race or religion. Perhaps organizers of Political campaigns might consider how this might impact the focus, content and messages delivered in their campaigns.

Worth reading is research published by Queen’s University IRC back in 2013 that concluded that “generational differences are a myth and have very little empirical support…. Segmenting the population of workers into age groups has proven to be a risky practice, and the idea that employees from different age groups should be treated differently is somewhat disturbing.”

“There is no empirical basis for the assumption that employees’ work values, expectations regarding working conditions, behaviours or attitudes can be explained solely by the fact of their belonging to a given generation. There is no basis for varying management practices in accordance with this conviction. Practices aimed at meeting employees’ expectations must be extended to all workers so as to avoid the risk of unequal treatment and level out the differences that can be attributed to age.”

The full study by Professor Tania Saba of the School of Industrial Relations at the University of Montreal is an excellent read and can be found on the Internet. See:
commented 2016-09-09 21:55:34 -0400
Someone told me today his daughter’s school doesn’t teach them how to write. That is, how to write with a pen. She had to learn how to sign her name.
If this is the generation following the millennials, then God help us and the millenials will ditch their Libertarian ideas when they are outdated by this new generation.
commented 2016-09-09 21:53:52 -0400
Drew – great suggestion!!

Chris. Aren’t you really just suggesting Con’s become Libs? Our whole society has shifted far to the left, and I see you suggestion as just more of the same. As for legalizing pot . . . .

Pot Inc. is a great book worth reading, regardless one’s position (it’s pro-legalization). It’s not that simple, not by a long shot! They’re talking min age 21 to protect teens, and limiting the THC content. All one’s doing is leaving the teen market and the high-octane markets open for the traffickers! The you have this idiotic notion that one should be able to grow it at home. How you gonna tax that? And this silly notion won’t go away, so it’s a problem. What about exporting? What about our treaties with other gov’s. It’s really not that simple.
commented 2016-09-09 21:35:29 -0400
They should have actual ex pats from Cuba and China talk at these universities so they can tell them what communism is really like for the common person.
commented 2016-09-09 21:34:10 -0400
Yeah some of them get a brain when they are finally facing the real world. Not all, some of them sadly still whine that they are not getting enough handouts.