by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A new survey finds an explosion of conservative opinion among millennials and it looks like President Obama could be why it’s happening.
Sixty-six percent of those surveyed say government is wasteful and inefficient. That compares to just 42 percent who said so in 2009 at the outset of the Obama era.
The Reason-Rupe survey of 2,000 millennials is being released [Thursday]. Here are some of the major findings:
* 73 percent of millennials favor allowing private accounts for Social Security; 51 percent favor private accounts even it means cutting Social Security benefits for current and future retirees because 53 percent of millennials say Social Security is unlikely to exist when they retire.
* 64 percent of millennials say cutting government spending by 5 percent would help the economy.
* 59 percent say cutting taxes would help the economy.
* 57 percent prefer a smaller government providing fewer services with low taxes, while 41 percent prefer a larger government providing more services with high taxes.
Great news, right? Not necessarily. These millennials also hold some pretty wacky ideas.
* 74 percent of millennials say government has a responsibility to guarantee every citizen has a place to sleep and enough to eat.
* 71 percent favor raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
* 69 percent say it is government’s responsibility to provide everyone with health care insurance and 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act.
* 68 percent say government should ensure everyone makes a living wage.
* 66 percent say raising taxes on the wealthy would help the economy.
If that last set of bullet points did not make you fear for the future, brace yourself.
And Republicans will find little comfort in the top choices of millennials for president in 2016, with Hillary Clinton topping the list, followed by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (no, I am not making this up!).