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Is America about to undergo a libertarian shift? Not among Hispanics and younger voters

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What sort of political agenda would you create to win elections in the America portrayed by the new 2013 Economic Values Survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings? A few of the findings:

1. For just about everybody other than Republicans and post-grads, jobs are the biggest economic issue. (See above chart.)

2. Seventy percent of Americans think income equality is getting worse, though Hispanics somewhat less so (52%).

3. While the public is evenly divided about whether the economy is improving, Americans are more likely to believe the US economy has improved (35%) than that their own personal financial situation has improved (23%).

4. Americans are generally pessimistic about upward economic mobility, particularly those between 18 and 33 year old:

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5. Two-thirds of Americans think government is broken, one-third says its working. No group gives government higher marks than Hispanics, though Millennials are close.

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6. Some 63% of Americans agree government should be doing more to reduce the gap between rich and poor. And 62% say it is the responsibility of government to take care of people who cannot take care of themselves. Also, 56% of Americans — with an even higher percentage of Hispanics and Millennials — also believe that government should guarantee health insurance for all citizens, even if doing so would require tax increases.

7. Millennials and Hispanics think it is a big problem that not every American gets an equal shot at success.

8. Roughly 60% of Hispanics think family instability is a big economic problem, while roughly the same number of blacks do not.

9. A majority (54%) of Americans — even more so among Millennials and Hispanics — believe the best way to promote economic growth in the United States is to spend more on education and the nation’s infrastructure while raising taxes on wealthy individuals and businesses to pay for that spending, while 4-in-10 (41%) Americans believe the best way to promote economic growth is to lower taxes on individuals and businesses and to pay for those tax cuts by cutting spending on some government services and programs.

5 thoughts on “Is America about to undergo a libertarian shift? Not among Hispanics and younger voters

  1. “4. Americans are generally pessimistic about upward economic mobility, particularly those between 18 and 33 year old:”

    well of course they are, especially the ones coming out of a university. You already know what they’ve been taught.

    “7. Millennials and Hispanics think it is a big problem that not every American gets an equal shot at success.”………….well here we go. it is impossible for EVERYONE to get an “equal shot” even in the purist of pure egalitarian societies. I would assume that means “equal opportunity”? I would ASSUME, that success means doing what THEY WANT TO DO AND BEING SUCCESSFUL?

  2. I looked at this statement for a little bit thinking.

    ” Americans believe the best way to promote economic growth is to lower taxes on individuals and businesses and to pay for those tax cuts by cutting spending on some government services and programs.”

    At times this mindset has bothered me because it basically accepts the premise of ETCHED IN STONE SPENDING for all time. Also the sells pitch should be when you lower taxes on individuals and businesses the INLAYS REQUIRED from some of these programs will drop………….THUS you for the most part wouldn’t have to “pay for those tax cuts”.

    p.s. Bastiat hits on a problem in his book THE LAW………..when “the laws” promote plunder for the sake of friends in high places. Way way too many hand outs going to people that really don’t need them. Both corporate and individuals. If people already qualify to buy a house and have the credit to do so, why are we handing them roughly 10k plus to buy the house? Why are we handing corporations money to invest in what they already invest in and are making money regardless?

    Bastiat predicted this………..EVERYONE wants to get in on the action. He also predicted one of the two ways for all of this to go.

    1. people would stand up for justice and END PLUNDER.
    2. people would stand up for justice and EMBRACE PLUNDER almost a virtue.

    and here we are folks…………….THE DAYS OF PLUNDER.

  3. This again shows that the root cause of the problem is the general economic ignorance of most of the population. Too many people enjoy shooting themselves in the foot. Sad really.

  4. 1. For just about everybody other than Republicans and post-grads, jobs are the biggest economic issue. (See above chart.)

    yes I’m looking at the chart and that’s simply not true.

    Also I noticed this split of hispanics, republicans and democrats.

    Anyone else notice that?

    What the hell is the silent generation? Obviously they’re not that silent. If you need numbers, then make up groups.

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