With the first primary vote now merely four months away, hopelessness amongst Republicans seems to be growing and growing. One new study suggests there’s no need to fuss—that America’s happy, family-focused youth could usher in a renewed commitment to conservative values. Other research states outright that “the era of conservative values…is coming to a close.” Which is it?
The Associated Press and MTV conducted a joint online survey on “the nature of happiness among America’s young people,” in which they posed over 100 questions to 1,280 Americans between ages 13 and 24. The results were released Monday—and just might shock you.
The most frequent response to the open-ended question “What one thing makes you happy?” was spending time with family. A whopping 20 percent provided this answer to MTV—not your average family establishment.
It gets better. It’s not just family in general; parents are the primary factor. If you combine the responses which selected one or both parents, 73 percent said their relationship with their parents makes them happy. Parents have even more to celebrate:
When asked to name their heroes, nearly half of respondents mentioned one or both of their parents…with mothers ranking higher (29 percent) than fathers (21 percent).
This recognition of the importance of family is neither limited to an admiration of parents, nor nostalgic for an America that embraces family values. These young people already recognize the need for the family to remain an important establishment in their own futures and the future of America:
Overwhelmingly, young people think marriage would make them happy and want to be married some day. Most also want to have kids.
“Overwhelmingly” is almost an understatement. Later in the piece, the AP clarifies: “92 percent saying they either definitely or probably want to get married.”
The article even quotes a high school student from New York: “I don't want to be one of those career businesswomen who just doesn't ever settle down.”
Kids these days.
The optimistic results from this survey, however, reach more than just present and future parents; there’s reason for the nation as a whole to breathe a sigh of relief with regard to America’s youth.