The Nation: Closing the Gap

What ever became of the Generation Gap? It's closed, say two university political science professors. M. Kent Jennings, 39, of the University of Michigan, and Richard G. Niemi, 33, of the University of Rochester, interviewed more than 1,000 high school seniors and one parent of each of the students in 1965, then reinterviewed both groups last year. The result: a convergence of outlook in eight years. Solid majorities in both groups had voted Republican in 1972 (68% of the parents, 59% of their children). Concern about civil rights had diminished sharply in both groups (from 39% to 10% among the parents,...

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