The The Reason-Rupe Spring 2014 Millennial Survey is out, and here are the key findings (from the concluding remarks):
(1) Millennials are already strongly socially liberal, and we have little reason to anticipate millennials will become less tolerant or supportive of gay rights as they age.
(2) Millennials are currently fiscally centrist, and there are reasons to expect they may become more fiscally conservative as they age.
(3) Millennials endorse the underlying values behind a free market.
(4) Millennials highly endorse individual autonomy and personal freedom, values essential to a free society.
And get this closing paragraph:
This unique combination of values and beliefs is the reason the millennial generation is politically unclaimed. Jaded by hypocrisy in both parties, millennials are far more independent than their older counterparts. Given their social liberalism, fiscal moderation, and underlying philosophical pre-disposition to support meritocratic policies and individual autonomy, they have the potential to become one of the most liberty-friendly generations ever as they get older.
That's a bold statement: "...the potential to become one of the most liberty-friendly generations ever as they get older." They'd better grow up quickly if they want to keep that liberty.
One prominent liberal is boasting that this is proof that the GOP is dead. Maybe, maybe not. But currently their only alternative is the Democrat party, and social tolerance without fiscal discipline isn't going to save the country from financial ruin.
Maybe they should consider forming a third party.