Study shows boys are becoming more conservative while girls are leaning left

According to a revealing 2022 survey by Monitoring the Future, high school seniors are showing some interesting shifts in their political leanings.

Here are the numbers: 12th-grade boys are increasingly identifying as conservative, marking a notable departure from the past. Back in the early 2000s, both boys and girls leaned liberal, with only around 17-20% identifying as conservative. But in 2014, conservative 12th-grade boys started to climb, reaching 26% in 2020. Meanwhile, only 13% of boys identified as liberal in 2020, a figure that’s remained steady for the past three years.

On the other hand, among 12th-grade girls, there’s a growing trend towards liberalism. In 2012, only 19% considered themselves liberal, but by 2022, a whopping 30% of the girls self-identified as liberal, while only 12% identified as conservative. These trends continue into young adulthood as well. According to a recent study by the American Survey Center, more women than men support leftist issues such as women in the military, gay and lesbian parenting, and stay-at-home dads. In 2021, 44% of young women (ages 18-29) identified as liberal, compared to just 25% of men. A decade earlier, the numbers were almost equal between men and women who considered themselves liberal.

So, why are we seeing these shifts? Well, some suggest that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court played a significant role in pushing more women towards liberalism, as they sought to “preserve their rights” to keep abortion legal.

As for the boys and young men, they seem to find conservative ideas more appealing. Politico points out that Democrats may have a masculinity problem, with Republicans capitalizing on traditional masculine tropes that resonate with young men. It’s no surprise then that conservative role models like Trump and 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, along with psychologist Jordan Peterson and commentators like Matt Walsh and Ben Shapiro, are attracting the attention of these young men.

It’s evident that these political trends among American youth are worth noting. As the next generation comes of age, it could have a profound impact on the political landscape of this country but also on the most blessed of all covenants – marriage between a man and a woman. How will these two come together if they are so far apart in their belief systems?

We are all so divided now and seeing where this next generation is heading means more division. My personal hope was that this next generation would do a better job of merging together in love and respect for each other and finding a path back to where God intended us to be – one with Him.

At the end of the day – this study shows – God is nowhere in the mix and that, my friends is the problem and the answer.

Billie Tucker Volpe

Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.


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