December 21, 2011- Ron Paul, the Texas Congressman running to be the Republican Presidential Candidate, is 76 years old. His age makes it surprising that his biggest support demographically comes from voters that are half is age or less. A recent Gallup poll shows that Paul does very well with young voters between the ages of 18 and 34. Nationally, he is the preferred choice of 20% of the group.
What is surprising is that most Americans that fall in that age group are more tolerant of big government and less negative towards the government’s power which is in direct conflict with what Dr. Paul stands for. His libertarian views promote less government and more liberties and freedoms for the people.
Another poll, the Millennials poll that the Harvard Institute of Politics conducts, surveys the same age group. That poll has Paul a strong second behind just Mitt Romney the ex-governor of Massachusetts. Paul had 18% of that vote.
Harvard IOP director, Trey Grayson, said that much of Ron Paul’s appeal is that he is thought to be an outsider in Washington. Grayson said, “If you disagree with Washington, Paul is the guy that is the biggest outsider amongst all the candidates.”
He added, “He is a Congressman but does not fill the typical stereotype. If this group does not like the President or Congress, they see a positive alternative in Paul.”