Seriously, Reason magazine reports on a poll of millennial women, ages 18 to 36+. The poll was taken in March by ABC (pdf warning). While the top line results may look like it's a good group for the Evil Party, looking deeper than even a surface scratch speaks of a different picture. To begin with, when they're at the young end of that age spectrum, they are fairly liberal, but the older they get the more conservative they get. They completely flip percentages in 18 years.
The one that was noted by Reason, but fits in with other things we've heard is this. When asked about their important issues, the same percentage or women thought gun rights were their most important issue as that thought abortion access was most important.
Asked to say which of seven issues they found most important, millennial women were most likely to be concerned about "economic inequality" and student loan debt. The next biggest issues, with 11 percent each, were "protecting gun rights," "equal pay for women," and "preserving access to abortion." Eight percent listed "lowering taxes" as their top concern and 4 percent chose "strengthening the military." [Note: Emphasis Added - SiG]The myth of women earning about 25% less than men on the average sure is pernicious though. No matter how many studies come out showing that it isn't true, or that the supporting studies don't compare the same jobs, or any of the other reasons, it just hangs on there. Sure helps to have that 24/7 left wing media pushing those ideas for them, doesn't it?
Conservative women were almost as likely as liberals, and more likely than those who described themselves as moderate, to see economic inequality as a top concern. They were less concerned about student loans (12 percent, versus 23 percent of liberals and 25 percent of moderates) but more concerned about gun rights (19 percent, versus nine percent of moderates and five percent of liberals).
The only thing that's remarkable in this study, to these old eyes, is that gun rights have come seemingly out of nowhere to be a strong concern. The exact numbers they presented aren't terribly important, but they reported two issues that are solidly "most important" issues: student debt and income inequality. There's your Bernie Sanders voters, right there, "gimme, gimme, gimme", or in this case, "pay off my student loans and make sure I make lots of money". On the other hand, it sounds like the Evil Party is not appealing to these young women with their endless ranting on restricting gun rights.
As I've said many times, I hate day-to-day politics. It's like cleaning out the cat box: a disgusting, nasty job that only gets more disgusting and nasty if you don't do it. But I sure see ways to spread the liberty message to these ladies. If they'd talk to an old dude who looks a bit more like Aqualung every day!