Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides Important Services

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Libertarian publication Reason, "Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation" (PDF) finds that a majority of young people it surveyed believe that government is "inefficient, abuses its power, and supports cronyism."

By the same token, young people also think that the government should "guarantee health insurance and living wages," and indicate that they plan to vote for Democrats in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles. While the sentiment is interesting, one of the challenges the politicians of all political parties face when trying to utilize this demographic is actually getting them to show up to the polls.

Here's a breakdown on the numbers - from a survey of 2,000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 ("millennials"):

- 73 percent favor allowing private accounts for Social Security, while 51 percent favor private accounts even if it means cutting Social Security benefits for current and future retirees; because 53 percent of millennials say Social Security is unlikely to exist when they retire.

- 64 percent of millennials think cutting government spending by 5 percent would help the economy.

• 59 percent say cutting taxes would help the economy.

• 57 percent prefer a smaller government providing fewer services with low taxes, while 41 percent prefer a larger government providing more services with high taxes.

• 57 percent want a society where wealth is distributed according to achievement.

• 55 percent say reducing regulations would help the economy.

• 53 percent say reducing the size of government would help the economy.

By the same token, and in contradiction to reducing the size of the government and government programs, millennials also want to government to provide services:

• 74 percent of millennials say government has a responsibility to guarantee every citizen has a place to sleep and enough to eat.

• 71 percent favor raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

• 69 percent say it is government's responsibility to provide everyone with health care insurance and 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act.

• 68 percent say government should ensure everyone makes a living wage.

• 66 percent say raising taxes on the wealthy would help the economy.

• 63 percent say spending more on job training would help the economy.

• 58 percent say the government should spend more on assistance to the poor even it means higher taxes.

• 57 percent favor spending more money on infrastructure.

• 54 percent favor a larger government that provides more services, when taxes aren't mentioned.

• 53 percent want government to guarantee everyone a college education.

Several areas the poll failed to solicit opinions on issues that we know are important to millennials like net neutrality rules, spying, censorship of media, and the protection of rights (first and fourth amendment rights to be more specific) associated with those other issues.

You can check out all the results of the poll in Reason's report (PDF).


Comments

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

Sad that a lot of politicians have been in office in some form since before this generation was born. 

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

How is that contradictory? More taxes on one group, less for others. Diminished overall size of government (army? TSA?), but increase in other segments. It's complicated, but not contradictory... Also, if you poll thousands of people, it's very possible that high portions of respondent will say one thing and then, another question with a more or less reversed topic can get a similar result.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

This is what happens when you intentionally raise a generation to be stupid.

I see this all the time when speaking with these people: "Well, we should XYZ but no one should pay for it." And the "Cutting spending and regulations helps the economy" idiocy is just beyond stupid.

Can we please just get rid of elections all together? It's now abundantly clear that Americans are too stupid to be in charge of their own destiny.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

Thing is, every damn generation thinks this about the one after it.  Go back to the 50s and you hear this same garbage, go back to the 1850s and you can find people complaining about this. 

This is humanity, people want the greatest benefit at the least cost, they want the greatest freedom for themselves and from others.  Government is a constant balancing act between these competing desires.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

You're right. As evidence to support your argument, I submit the following quote:

This is what happens when you intentionally raise a generation to be stupid.

 

I see this all the time when speaking with these people: "Well, we should XYZ but no one should pay for it." And the "Cutting spending and regulations helps the economy" idiocy is just beyond stupid.

 

Can we please just get rid of elections all together? It's now abundantly clear that Americans are too stupid to be in charge of their own destiny.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

First, I'm not a millennial, so even accepting your premise that my comment was stupid, your evidence still fails.

Are you from that age group? If so, that explains the failure of critical thinking.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

Do you have anything more substantial to this argument than declaring an entire age group to be stupid?

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

Sure, but I would've hoped you'd be smart enough to understand it yourself without needing to be spoon-fed the answers.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

If you're so well-informed, than enlighten us peons, you pompous asshole.

Re: Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides ...

The burden of proof is on you buddy, so either put up ot shut up.

 
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