By Caleb Parke

A shocking new study shows that millennials are more conservative than the parents and grandparents who raised us, despite predictions we’d be a liberal generation.

According to the study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, generations have traditionally grown more conservative and Republican over time.

The study also found that a larger percentage of millennials identify as conservative in their final year of high school compared to Baby Boomers and GenXers when they were the same age.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

On average, Americans identify as more politically liberal at age 18 and become increasingly conservative between their 20s and 60s. If the millennial generation — defined as those born between 1980 and 1994 — continues that pattern, “they will not be the highly Democratic and liberal generation many had anticipated.”

Most surprising, more identify as conservatives now compared to the 1980s, presumably the era of the young Reagan conservative.

As a conservative millennial living and working in New York City, I find this study hard to believe.

I mean we’re the “hope and change” generation.

And the vast majority of colleges and universities are liberal propaganda machines.

So how are we more conservative than our parents — and grandparents — when they were our age?

Here’s a few reasons:

We’ve seen the failed policies from both political parties, but more recently, from Democratic President Barack Obama.

We hate bureaucracy and thrive on the free market: Apple vs. Samsung, Uber vs. Lyft, Netflix, and Seamless – just to name a few.

Also, millennials are less likely to identify with a political party and are more willing to look at both parties before they make up their mind.

What I don’t find hard to believe, is the finding that we’re more “polarized” than previous generations. All it takes is a few scrolls on Twitter or Facebook, and you’re confronted with this fact. Not to mention the things going on at campuses around the nation: “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and the tactics of “Black Lives Matter.”

While we’re polarized, we’re more independent than ever — and before you start pointing out how fragile and dependent millennials are — we’re talking politically.

So, we might see the rise of the Independent voter in our generation, which might explain why we’re not lining up like “The Walking Dead”, as the experts predicted, to be the next liberal generation.

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September 8, 2016

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