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People get more liberal as they get older?

Busting Myth

The stereotype of a cranky old man, set in his ways, getting more conservative by the day, is an enduring one. But new research has debunked the myth that people become more conservative as they age.

By comparing surveys of various age groups taken over a span of more than 30 years, sociologists found that in general, Americans’ opinions veer toward the liberal as they grow older.

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Nah, we don’t get more liberal. We get less conservative and begin to realize that all that stuff we used to fume and roar about isn’t as important as we thought. Youth has a lot of disadvantages…one of them is not having enough experience to see things for what they are. Aging brings perspective.

March 11, 2008 - Posted by | People

1 Comment

  1. I see some truth in this, my 80yr old father-in-law has certainly become more liberal. If what you say is true, I may end up a socialist in my senior years (at 60, I’m merely a progressive/liberal)! The mind boggles at the thought!

    Comment by Boomer Jack Boardman | July 20, 2008


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