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A Generational Shift in Cultural Attitudes

GMR Wrote: May 11, 2012 8:11 AM
Hopefully, when these kids mature and start having their own kids they'll do what previous generations have done - grow up to become conservatives.

WASHINGTON -- Principled or calculating or a bit of both, President Obama's choice on gay marriage is a bet on the political future -- a wager on the views and values of the millennial generation making its long march through American institutions. 

It is a group in which Obama still has broad support, but no longer inspires as he once did. "The Obama generation," says Brookings scholar William Galston, "lasted about five years." Those ages 18 to 24 are less enthusiastic about Obama than those ages 25 to 29. Since 2008, political engagement among millennials has weakened, cynicism toward...