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Tuesday, April 08, 2003


Generation gap?
Check out this Washington Post poll. Aside from the relieving fact that opposition to the war is down to 16%, check out the numbers on age groups. The numbers for 18-34 and 35-44 year olds are just about average, while those over 65 are well under the average, both of which are to be expected. But then there's the bit I didn't expect--the highest support for the war comes from 45-54 year-olds at 87%, compared to 71% for 55-64 year-olds, the lowest of the age groups. 16% is not a lot of people supporting the war, but it certainly is a big difference between two groups. Both are technically boomers. Both were around for Veitnam. For the life of me, I can't figure out what the defining difference is that leads to such a huge disparity. Any ideas?

The only thing I can think of is that people 44-54 are more likely to have children still at home, which could, presumably, make them more concerned about national security. But I think there's probably more to it than that. I just don't know what it is.

UPDATE: Sparkey at Sgt. Stryker also thinks it's because they have families. I still find it a little hard to believe that having the kids out of the house for a few more years would make a 16% difference, but Sparkey also points out that most in the 45-54 group would have been teens during Vietnam, whereas the 55-64 group would have been embittered college students and twentysomethings. Ok, I'm the one who used the term 'embittered.'
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