A recent federal survey on American youth reveals intriguing shifts in the political leanings of high school students, with boys trending conservative while girls continue to embrace liberal views. The Monitoring the Future survey, conducted annually for several decades, indicates that approximately one-quarter of high school senior boys identify as conservative or very conservative, a notable increase compared to previous years. In contrast, only 13 percent of boys identified as liberal or very liberal in recent years.
This report sheds light on the changing landscape of political views among high school students, especially as gender differences become more pronounced. While the leftward shift among young girls is evident, with the percentage of self-identified liberals increasing, boys appear more reluctant to choose a side, with a significant portion claiming no political affiliation.
The reasons behind these trends are complex, with some attributing them to organizations like Turning Point USA, which have been actively promoting conservative values to the youth. Additionally, researchers suggest that the battle between traditional masculinity and modern feminism might play a role in shaping students’ political beliefs.
The report also examines the broader implications of these trends, as young women between the ages of 18 to 29 are now more likely to identify as liberal than at any time in the past two decades, leading to an overall leftward shift among young adults.