Voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds in the United States has grown from 36 percent in 2000 to 47 percent in 2004; young voters helped propel Democrats Jim Webb in Virginia and Jon Tester in Montana past Republican incumbents to secure Democratic control of the US Senate; and hundreds, if not thousands, of organic social groups of young Americans flourish online and offline in support of candidates or pressing policy issues.Oh, yea! I've felt for a long time that the stereotypical college student - apathetic and uncaring - wasn't anywhere close to accurate. It's nice to read that I'm right. Students care, students are fairly well informed and there's a new generation - very different from those that proceeded us - able and ready to take over. And what a difference a generation can make!
Young people today have a strong multilateral world view on foreign policy. In stark contrast to their elders, nearly three out of four 18- to 24-year olds believe the United States should let other countries and the United Nations take the lead in solving international crises and conflicts.Things are looking up. Kudos to Harvard for doing an interesting survey. Let's hope the MSM takes notice so all those old stereotypes can sleep with the fishies.