A fresh New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll of young Americans reveals some interesting clashes with the views of their elders.
Most 17 to 19 year olds (62 percent) support a universal, government-sponsored health insurance program; 44 percent say gay couples should be allowed to marry; 30 percent want the country to be welcoming to immigrants; and a whopping 70 percent think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
They also believe by wide margins that the country is ready for a black or female president. But those numbers reverse if the candidate is a Mormon crack-smoking queer.
Not everything succumbs to the generation gap. The young and older are largely in agreement on a couple of key issues: abortion (most believe it should be available or somewhat limited) and global warming (a majority think it should be a high policy priority).