Via National Journal we’re being asked to be shocked by the obvious:
A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan’s plan to deal with the budget – seniors.
The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan’s plan over President Obama’s plan, while 42 percent back the president.
That’s the highest total among the age groups tested – a 47 percent plurality between the ages of 50 and 64 backed Ryan, and a 45 percent plurality of those between 30-49 backed Ryan. But young voters overwhelmingly sided with Obama by a 23-point margin, 53 to 30 percent.
Following the provided link over to Gallup and the actual poll data, we’re further entertained (well…I am, at least):
Democrats’ and Republicans’ reactions to the competing budget plans are generally symmetrical; slightly more than 80% each of Republicans and Democrats favor their own party’s plan and few favor the opposing party’s plan. Independents are evenly divided. Consistent with the different demographic profiles of Republicans and Democrats, whites and those making at least $75,000 annually generally favor Ryan’s plan over Obama’s; nonwhites and lower-income Americans favor Obama’s.
I’m going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that what drives the “nonwhites and lower-income Americans” to support Obama’s plan is their justified fears over the potential loss of all those treasured and unearned hand outs, freebies, and give aways should Ryan’s plan become the law of the land. Obama promises (KNOWING he can’t deliver) that nothing will interrupt that flow of freedom (paid for on the backs of the folks that don’t support his plan) to the folks who worked the least to earn it. He’s lying…and HE knows it. And they have no clue.
I’ll inch a little further out there on that limb, and suggest that people over 65 (knowing their benefits are not at risk) are inclined to support Ryan’s plan because…well…they are the grown ups in this country, and THEY actually know how to manage a checkbook and WORK for what they have, rather than holding their hands out EXPECTING that it be given to them with no strings attached.
I like siding with grown ups…I’ll leave the kids to fight amongst themselves for their Master’s scraps.
Anyone that is the least bit surprised by this, or that insist on calling it “counterintuitive” is just not paying attention.