It's not a surprise to me, based on my experience with high school kids, but apparently college students are becoming more conservative. Despite the fact that the vast majority of college professors are registered Democrats (cache), this new survey reveals that:

Perhaps surprisingly, 31 percent of college students identify themselves as Republicans, while 27 percent call themselves Democrats and 38 percent independent or unaffiliated.

"College campuses aren't a hotbed of liberalism anymore," Glickman said. "It's a different world."

The general population is significantly more Democratic -- about 36 percent of Americans consider themselves Democrats, 27 percent Republicans, 20 percent independents or third-party loyalists, and the rest have no preference, according to the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate. ...

Sixty-one percent of students approve of Bush's performance on the job -- higher than the president's overall national approval ratings, which have dipped in recent months and now stand at 50 percent in a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

I'm going to ask one of my high school-age friends at church to write a little bit about the political views of his peers; we've discussed the topic, and he might be interested in putting his thoughts down on uh... paper.

Meanwhile, as has been mentioned before, abortion is losing acceptance among women. Demographics seem to be turning against the so-called "liberal" Democrats, and it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. Most likely, the Democratic party will pull righward to track the population, but we'll see.

Tyler Cowen -- who drew my attention to this survey -- links to the survey itself.



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