@shkreli-for-president I think this was a thing that came up at some point? Specifically the ‘72 election – looks like I was wrong and McGovern didn’t win the youth vote, though the 16 point gap there went unrivaled for the next three decades.
what, it didn’t diverge until 2004?
and yes, nixon won the youth vote. and younger people were more likely to support the vietnam war than older people
if younger people were more likely to support the vietnam war than older people, why did he win the youth vote by a smaller margin than with older people?
in 1971 two thirds of under-30s thought the vietnam war was a mistake
From the American National Election Survey, support for the fighting in Vietnam/Korea, restricted to those under 30.
Strangely, young folks thought the Vietnam War was a good thing in 1964 and 1966.
* in 1971 two thirds of under-30s thought the vietnam war was a mistake or said they didn’t know
Just-so convenient narrative:
If you’re “under thirty” in 1964, you were at-most 12 when WWII ended, and during your influential teenage years, you have received exactly two messages: “The
Communists Great Evil will kill us all” and “High status has been bestowed on those heroes who fought the Nazis Great Evil unlike the lazy youth these days.”
Now I ask you “Should we go create some heroes by defeating the Great Evil that aims to kill us all?
Yes. Yes we should.