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Hurrah for the kids!

This certainly gives me hope for the next generation: Obama Wins Scholastic News Election Poll.

The Scholastic Presidential Election Poll results are in: Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama won with 57 percent of the vote, to 39 percent for Republican nominee Senator John McCain.

The poll was open to kids from grades 1 to 12 in Scholastic News and Junior Scholastic magazines. Almost 250,000 (a quarter of a million) kids voted by paper ballot or online at www.scholastic.com/news. The poll closed on October 10.

Since 1940, the results of the student vote have mirrored the outcome of the general election all but twice.

Of course, I've heard the well-worn argument that everybody's a liberal until they "grow up and start paying taxes." Actually, I've gotten more liberal as I've gotten older, and wouldn't mind paying more taxes if they're spent on the right things. (Social programs, education, economic development: yes. Overseas military conflicts, shady defense contractors, tax breaks for people and corporations who are already swimming in cash: no.) So I find this encouraging.

(Via Orange Crate Art.)

October 15, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink