The survey of 9,895 respondents was conducted between Sept. 3 and Sept. 15, 2019, and had a margin of error of plus- or minus-1.5 percentage points.
It’s a quote that’s commonly, but inaccurately, attributed to Winston Churchill: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.”
As the International Churchill Society notes, the ol’ bulldog was a Tory at the age of 15 and a liberal at age 35. (He’d eventually find his brain.)
However, it’s a bit of folk wisdom that we take for granted: Young liberals will eventually age out of their more extreme opinions and, if not become card-carrying Republicans, at least become moderates.
One hopes that’s true — especially in the area of patriotism. As it stands now, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday, 95 percent of young Democrats don’t think the United States is the greatest country in the world.
The Pew Research Center’s headline is a masterpiece of understatement: “Younger Americans more likely than older adults to say there are other countries that are better than the U.S.”
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