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theHeathen

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  1. theHeathen

    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    I posted this in a thread on the no holds section: I think about the changing demographics as well, and the affect they'll have on our political atmosphere. From the looks of it, we'll be a pretty strongly liberal country in a couple of decades, maybe sooner. The non-religious population of the U.S. is growing faster than any religion ever did (if you don't count violent imposition of beliefs), and as the population shifts away more and more from religion, we'll start to see a lot of the religious-based conservative votes fade away. Looking at the statistics, it's hard to imagine the country isn't headed towards a highly-liberal future. According to Pew research, most of Trump's voters were white, Christian, male, and/or did not achieve education beyond high school. The largest percentage of whites in the U.S. are Baby Boomers or older; younger generations are far more diverse, with neomillennials (those under the age of 7) being the first generation where whites are actually not the majority. Non-whites are typically more likely to vote blue than red, which means this may become a huge contributing factor to politics once neomillennials reach voting age. As of 2015, Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers, though Baby Boomers are more likely to vote than Millennials, so we'll probably start seeing much more of the shift in the coming elections. Education also has a lot to do with it. Those who have achieved education beyond a high school degree are more likely to be liberal or liberal-leaning. Millennials are the most educated generation in the history of the United States, and I feel that trend will continue with the neomillennials as well. Even in the generations preceding Millennials, many people are letting go of traditionally conservative views and embracing views that have been typically liberal—just look at how many people now support same-sex marriage. (Anecdotal though this is, my parents are fine examples: they're Republicans who were against same-sex marriage until probably 4-5 years ago when they *gasp* made friends with a lesbian couple. Now, my parents are mostly supportive of LGBTQ rights and strongly support same-sex marriage, even though they both still strongly identify as Republicans.) I think the hurdle for liberals is—even though we're no longer vastly outnumbered by conservatives—that liberal voters are much less likely to vote than conservative voters. If we can figure out why and resolve that issue, conservatives wouldn't have a chance in the polls (and no matter how hard they wish, 65M will always be a bigger number than 62M). So basically, we're entering into a time where a lot of the white uneducated population is (to be morbid) starting to die out rather quickly, while a more diverse, more educated population is starting to take its place. Based on the evidence and statistics, it seems like it's only a matter of time before the country becomes a strong liberal majority.
  2. theHeathen

    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    My thoughts exactly. We need to sway the undecideds, moderates, etc. Most conservatives, at least from what I've witnessed, are stuck in their ways. My apologies, I misremembered. This is what I was thinking of: rapidly narrowing margins If trends continue, liberals will outnumber conservatives soon, hopefully by continuously increasing amounts.
  3. theHeathen

    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    I think (and hope) you may be absolutely right. Trump running for reelection may be what drives liberals out to the polls in 2020. I'm just disheartened that it his candidacy wasn't enough to get them there in 2016.
  4. theHeathen

    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    Do you think it's a "my vote doesn't make a difference" mentality, or perhaps there's something more to it? I know a lot of the voting laws enacted by GOP reps are designed to prevent those likely to vote liberal from voting, but (as far as I know) there isn't anything in place that flat out prevents liberal voters from voting. I also remember reports of Trump supporters hanging out around polling places during the 2016 election and trying to intimidate non-Trump supporters from casting their ballots. Maybe some sort of citizen-run program to help get people to the polling place, or spreading information about how to vote by mail?
  5. theHeathen

    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    Would this be a topic better suited for its own thread?
  6. theHeathen

    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    I think it's great that we're talking about this now—even though they're not the majority of the country, Trump has a strong supporter base that will definitely do everything and anything (ethical or not) they can to get him reelected in 2020. There's another issue I think we should also start addressing as well—even though liberals outnumber conservatives in the total population of the country, conservatives are more likely to vote than liberals are. What is it that prevents many liberals from voting, and what can we do to fix it?
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