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  •  Most surprising: (10+ / 0-)
    42.8% support for same-sex marriage among conservative and far-right students.

    Just a few years ago, that was the real litmus test -- if you were good on gay marriage you were probably good on everything. Quite a change. That's good of course, but somehow I'm uncomfortable having right-wingers supporting me...

    "In America racism is a misdemeanor. Noticing racism is a felony" -- Max Minton

    by teachme2night on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 11:27:50 AM PST

    •  Yeah, it was surprising to me as well. (8+ / 0-)

      I think that what I find most interesting in all of these data is how what we think of as purely "liberal / left" issues and causes really do seem to be thought of as "mainstream / middle-of-the-road" views in these younger cohorts. I see it as a good on two levels: first, I agree that these should be conventional views; second, it further marginalizes the Right as being out of touch with the center.

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 11:34:25 AM PST

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    •  Of course, a good number may think they are (2+ / 0-)
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      teachme2night, wasatch

      "conservative," probably because that's how their parents identify themselves, but their answers to this question demonstrate that it's not so simple.  Remember these are people who often aren't clear yet what these labels mean and/or who are only now beginning to get a sense of who they are outside of the context of the family home.  This is still good news--I suspect it's a harbinger of later conversions to "liberal," as they continue to investigate the connections between their personal beliefs and electoral politics.

    •  It's clear the labels liberal, middle of the road, (1+ / 0-)
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      and conservative don't mean the same thing to college students as to other people.

      It isn't new. When I was in college during Nixon's first term, a friend of mine said, "When I go home I'm extremely liberal, but when I come back to campus I'm very moderate."

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      by Kimball Cross on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 02:56:09 PM PST

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