by Kevin “Coach” Collins
Grandma and grandpa are not happy! They are sick of the mess the Occupy Wall Street-type brats have made of our country.
This is the conclusion to be drawn from a new Pew Research poll of Americans 66-to-83 years of age on our current political situation.
Referring to this group as the “Silent Generation,” Pew reports that they came of age in time to vote for Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy, so they did not necessarily fall into the habit of reflexively voting for Roosevelt and the whole Democratic ticket. They had their flirtation with supporting Democrats such as Bill Clinton in the 1990s but didn’t like what it brought about. Since the 2000 election, these “Silents” have been voting at increasingly higher rates for Republicans.
When stacked up against other generations – Boomers, Gen Xers, and Milennials – Pew’s “Silent Generation” is markedly more “angry” at what has happened to the country they grew up in. Almost one-third of “Silents” blame government (in this case read Democrats) for their anger.
To the “Silent Generation,” the word “conservative” is not a “dirty” word as it might have been to them when they were 15 years old. More and more of them are comfortable self-identifying as conservatives and are eager to go to the polls to back up their change of position. They are increasingly more supportive of smaller government because their life experience tells them big government is the enemy of the America they want to see return.
In 2008 they were one of the only groups that supported John McCain and have not changed their opinion of Barack Obama. In poll after poll, the “Silents” disapprove of Obama more than any other group.
The really bad news for Obama is that the “Silent Generation” is very politically active. One need only to have looked around at a national TEA Party rally on the streets of Washington with its waves of gray hair to recognize how true this is.
“Silents” believe in American exceptionalism but are worried that America’s best days have past unless they act. More than eight of 10 self-identify as conservative. They don’t approve of gay marriage and many other social changes.
And they will make up 17 percent of the electorate next year.
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This article originally appeared on CoachIsRight.com and is reprinted with permission.