I wrote a post yesterday on the prevailing political priorities among young voters, which is complemented by this 2012 Millennial Values Survey
of "Religion, Values and Politics among College-Age Millennials." The findings are remarkable. For example:
- 40% describe themselves more negatively than their parents; only 19% more positively.
- 40% believe in the American Dream; 10% say it never existed.
- 73% believe economics unfairly favor the rich; similar numbers favor reforms to raise the poor and soak the rich.
- Evenly divided on whether the government pays too much attention to minorities and whether discrimination against whites is as much a problem as discrimination against minorities.
- Strong majorities believe that Christianity has good values and expresses love, but also believe that it is anti-gay and judgmental.
The report is an interesting read. While it is not likely a window into the future - since liberalism in youth often matures to conservatism in adulthood - it is nevertheless useful as a reflection of the mores and lessons currently being inculcated into the young.