Given today’s developments, it’s safe to say that young voters within and outside of the Republican Party aren’t exactly thrilled with the modern-day GOP’s lurch to the far-right in search of Tea Party votes. “Solely for the rich,” “lacking in diversity and “old-fashioned.” According to a new report by the nation’s largest Republican youth organization, that is how young voters have come to perceive the Republican Party.
The College Republican National Committee released a 95 page study today providing the results of its comprehensive research on voters between the ages of 18 and 29, following Pres. Obama’s dominant victory among the voting block against Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
With over 5 million more votes, Pres. Obama won the youth by margin of 60% to Mitt Romney 37%. In 2008, President Obama received similar support as he beat Senator John McCain among young voters by a margin of 66% to 32%.
This report comes on the heels of a similar report by the Republican National Committee that found nearly identical lack of support among the younger demographics. However, this new CRNC report argues that, since Republicans have scored well among youth in the past, they can refocus their message and once again attract a younger audience.
“The GOP absolutely can win over young people again,” the study states. “But this will not occur without significant work to repair the damage done to the Republican brand among this age group over the last decade.”
According to their own right-leaning research, a little less than half of young voters said that same-sex marriage should be legal nationwide, but only 30% said it should be need to be defined as only between one man and one woman.
Young Republicans made it clear that the GOP shouldn’t conceded “caring” and “open-minded” to the left, especially on social issues like gay marriage.
Incredibly, nearly 4 in 10 young Republicans responded that they would be less likely to vote for a candidate that doesn’t support same-sex marriage equality.
Clearly, the GOP has missed the memo, as they continue to attack the rights and equality of our gay American brothers and sisters on a daily basis.
“In the short term, the best course of action for the party may be to promote the diversity of opinion within its ranks (after all, for quite some time, former vice president Dick Cheney was to the left of President Obama on same-sex marriage),” the report states. Not surprisingly, the study found that younger voters wants to focus more on economic issues and jobs rather than irrelevant social matters that should have been settled long ago. As the report states, today’s Republican Party must convince young people that it’s the party for everyone, not just for those who have already become successful. That’s a very tall order for a Republican Party that is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America, doing anything and everything in its power to obstruct class mobility and shrink the middle class.
“We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer a hand to help you get there,” the authors write.
Another key findings of the report is that young Republicans do not favor concepts and language such as reducing “big government” and “cutting government spending,” preferring the term “fixing the national debt.”
This shows that young Republicans who lived through the Bush Recession and are still feeling the effects of a deplorable labor market and want to see the national debt reduced, but not through reducing government spending on vital social programs that are helping them keep their head above water during times of unprecedented economic need.
If the modern-day GOP doesn’t take their collective head out of the sand and start to modernize their ideology, they’ll lose the millennial generation, as a whole, to the Democratic Party.
Not that we mind, of course, but it is worth pointing out.
Watch a video about the results from the College Republican National Committee here: