New Survey Explains Why So Many Young Folks Vote Democrat

This might explain why 68% of those under 30 voted for Obama over McCain: For millennials, work ethic not defining factor. Are twentysomethings really spoiled and lazy? Survey suggests it’s true

Jared Rogalia, 25, a Hertz rental car manager-trainee in Alexandria, is as cranky as someone twice his age when he complains about his generation’s work ethic. Here’s how Rogalia characterizes his age group: “The first is: really spoiled and lazy. The second is: We’re free-spirited. And the third is: They’d rather be poorer and have free time than have a lot of money.”

The millennial generation – about 50 million people between ages 18 and 29 – is the only age group in the nation that doesn’t cite work ethic as one of its “principal claims to distinctiveness,” according to a new Pew Research Center study, “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change.” The Washington-based nonprofit organization found that young adults and their elders agree: Baby boomers and Generation X-ers have better work ethic and moral values than those in their 20s.

In a survey of about 1,200 people of all ages, millennials chose other traits to define themselves: 24 percent said “technology use,” 11 percent went with “music/pop culture,” 7 percent chose “liberal/tolerant,” and 6 percent said “smarter.” Only 5 percent noted their generation’s “work ethic” – the same portion who chose “clothes” as their distinction.

I have the pleasure of working with some great folks under 30 whose work ethic is excellent. But, we all run into so many under 30’s who have little to no work ethic. The Millenials are a very feelings based group. After a long, long seminar on dealing with these folks as employees, we decided that the class content could have been boiled down (generically) to “gimme! I’m entitled!” They expect things to be given to them on a silver platter with no blood, sweat, and/or tears.

And that’s how you end up with so many people under 30 voting for Obama and other Democrats. They are told they will be given stuff for virtually nothing, which jibes right along with their world view.

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