October 23, 2003

The 9/11 Generation

My friend Ryan Vooris emailed me yesterday about a new poll showing that support for President Bush is, perhaps surprisingly given the climate on most campuses, significantly higher than in the general population. ("Talk about a silent majority," wrote Ryan.) I was planning on blogging about this, but I couldn't do better than Tom Bevan's analysis at RealClearPolitics. Bevan looks at the internals on the poll, comparing them to the nation at large and Democrats in early primary states (the latter of whom are shockingly unconcerned about terrorism and national security). Bevan's theory: "Maybe the answer is that for this group of people, most of whom were in high school at the time, September 11 really did change everything."

Posted by John Tabin at October 23, 2003 10:03 PM

There has been a shift to the right over the last two decades, but it takes the generational cohorts to move through life for it to be reflected in the political system. The age range 15 - 30 seems to be when people settle on a life philosophy, and it pretty much locks in after then. I think that 9/11 probably had a lifelong impact on the thinking of 18 year olds, while its impact to 53 year olds has already faded to less than the Tet Offensive of 1968.

By the way, I turned on HTML tags inside comments at the Centrist Coalition blog. Let's see if they work here.

Yep. They do.

Posted by: Rick Heller (Centerfield) at October 25, 2003 12:13 AM