LA Times Story on Obama and "Late-Wave Boomers" Quotes Scott Rasmussen '86
December 18, 2008
December 18, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. — "If late boomers, 1 of every 4 adults in America, are moving in and starting to take over from early boomers, that's bound to have some implications for the country," notes today's Los Angeles Times, which defines President-elect Barack Obama as a "late-wave boomer, a child of the 1970s -- as are half of the two dozen people he's selected thus far to help him lead the country." One result of the generational shift in leadership, writes Scott Kraft, "could be an end to the early boomers' obsession with the Vietnam War, according to Scott Rasmussen, a nonpartisan pollster and, at 52, a late boomer."
Rasmussen, a 1986 graduate of DePauw University, tells the newspaper, "There is a wedge group here, and it could be what allows us to start putting things like Vietnam behind us. If you came of age in the 1960s, you had to make a decision about Vietnam. But if you were a few years behind that, as I was, you weren't faced with the same choices."
Kraft adds, "Rasmussen contends that the decisive vote for Obama, who was too young to go to Vietnam, over John McCain, a bona fide hero from that war, was an indication that Vietnam was beginning to lose its power to influence American elections. The only other period in history with such a string of close elections was right after the Civil War. 'My theory is that the country kept fighting the Civil War in different ways through the rest of the 19th century,' he said. And the same thing happened with Vietnam -- until now, when a majority of the country's voters 'are saying, 'Enough already, it's time to move on.' ' "
Access the full story at the newspaper's Web site.
The Weekly Standard recently opined that Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, was "the most accurate pollster of the 2008 season." Read more in this article.Back