Friday, October 19, 2007

Generational Voting

a Jesus thought...
He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. (Mark 14:35)

a Godly thought...
Ours is not a static faith but a faith that enters into a divine conversation; engaging with Scripture and experience that broadens and deepens that which already exists. (p144 Webb)

a leading thought...
Whatever negative baggage you have in life only gets more difficult to bear when you're trying to lead others. (p121 Maxwell)

a Dave thought...
As most of you know we are currently in the midst of an election in Australia with Howard - Liberal aged 68 v Rudd - Labour aged 50.

And while Mr Rudd remains ahead as preferred prime minister for the 10th poll in a row, he has taken a five-point dive to 47 per cent, while Mr Howard is up four points to 43 per cent. The four-point gap is the closest Mr Howard has come to Mr Rudd since he became Labor leader.

What I find fascinating about this election is peoples views are very much determined by the generation they fit into:
Busters born up to 1945, Boomers born 1946 - 1964, Gen Xers born 1965 - 1980, Gen Ys 1981 onwards.
I read the other day in the latest poll that 75% of Gen Ys would vote Kevin07 with his green policy being the area that matters most, and although not as high I would be certain that Gen Xers would also lean towards Rudd as his views on Iraq are a lot more palatable for my generation. But as Boomers generally are into economics and Busters into security they will more likely vote for Johnny as he is seen as wise and reliable.
I do like to box people so why not for the election? So for me it looks like it is the Busters & the Boomers V the Xers & the Ys. My predicted result for an aging Australian population that values security & economics over war & the environment will be Johnny08 but he will then retire, ironic really.

Just a thought.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

As the saying goes, "if you are not a socialist at 20 you have no heart, if you are still a socialist at 40 you have no head".

Tim Watson said...

Dave, I agree with your election analysis. Here's another saying which former NSW premier Jack Lang told Paul Keating:
“always put your money on self-interest, son, it’s the only horse that always tries”.

Anonymous said...

Amazing to me that Christians generally in Oz vote for Howard. He has an appalling track record on Aborigines, refugees, environment but he has been in power while house prices have gone up! Yes the christians now have more money and can send their nice kids to good schools and have investment properties - just like Jesus really?