If recent polling results are true, I'm disappointed in the younger generation. I have a suspicion, however, that the results are suspicious. MTV participated in the polling.
According to a recent poll, youth are much more likely than their elders to favor national health care:
"Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage, according to a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll.
... Forty-four percent said they believed that same-sex couples should be permitted to get married, compared with 28 percent of the public at large. They are more likely than their elders to support the legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The findings on gay marriage were reminiscent of an exit poll on Election Day 2004: 41 percent of 18-to-29-year-old voters said gay couples should be permitted to legally marry, according to the exit poll.
...Their views on abortion mirror those of the public at large: 24 percent said it should not be permitted at all, while 38 percent said it should be made available but with greater restrictions. Thirty-seven percent said it should be generally available.
I hope it's not true. I suspect it's not. MTV has its moniker on the poll along with CBS, New York Times, and CBS.
But if it is, I suppose I'm not surprised. Now that MTV is into influencing its second generation toward hedonistic lifestyles, it's probably not all that odd that the "I want it now" crowd thinks that government is the silver bullet for everything.