Polipundit isn’t impressed by the results suggesting that liberals and conservatives seem almost evenly divided on campuses at 36-32 percent.
In the general population, the number of people self-identifying as conservative is consistently twice as much as the number self-identifying as liberal. College students are still far more liberal than the general population.
Polipundit is likewise unimpressed by the results suggesting that President Bush leads an unnamed Democrat 34-32 among college students.
When was the last time a poll of the general population showed such a large number of undecideds? Most of those undecideds will plump for Democrats or Green Party candidates simply because of peer pressure. There goes the Bush margin.
Risking another cold shower from Polipundit, I note that CNN reports a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll finds younger voters view some things differently than the over 30 crowd. According to the CNN poll:
Younger Americans don't follow politics as closely as older Americans;
More younger Americans than the older folks approve of the way President Bush is handling his job;
Fewer of the younger Americans surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of President Bush than did older Americans;
More younger Americans polled said they believe the economy is improving than did the elder group;
Significantly more younger Americans than the older group support same-sex marriages that are recognized with equal rights under the law.
Most troubling to me is the different views concerning “diversity.”
When asked whether racial and ethnic minorities should be encouraged to maintain their own culture or blend into the larger American society, fifty-four percent of younger Americans said they believe minorities should keep their own culture. Thirty-seven percent of older Americans said they back that idea.
Years of indoctrinating students in multiculturalism have resulted in draining the melting pot. When I went to school, I was taught that the melting pot was central to America’s ability to assimilate immigrants. To me, the melting pot means that this country can transform people of every color and background into “one America,” with a single national identity. Today younger Americans think the melting pot is a fondue restaurant.