After the Parkland shooting, many liberal activists and pundits were quick to suggest that the voting age be lowered to 16, or in some cases even 13. This was an obvious ploy to allow a bunch of kids who had suddenly decided that the Second Amendment wasn’t such a hot idea the chance to vote in the midterms. My response was to point out that some of these same children, when not protesting the President, were occupying themselves by eating Tide Pods or snorting condoms.
Now, however, I’m not even sure if the 18-year-olds should qualify for suffrage. A new poll conducted by YouGov finds that among the youngest millennials, aged 18-24, an alarming number of them aren’t sure whether the Earth is round or flat. (CBS Pittsburgh)
A new survey has found that a third of young millennials in the U.S. aren’t convinced the Earth is actually round. The national poll reveals that 18 to 24-year-olds are the largest group in the country who refuse to accept the scientific facts of the world’s shape.
YouGov, a British market research firm, polled 8,215 adults in the United States to find out if they ever believed in the “flat Earth” movement. Only 66 percent of young millennials answered that they “always believe the world is round.” Science teachers across the U.S. will be shaking their heads after learning that nine percent of young adults answered that they have “always believed” the planet was flat.
Another nine percent said of young adults said they thought the planet was spherical but had doubts about it. In a disturbing display of indecision, 16 percent of millennials said they weren’t sure what the shape of the planet was.
Some of the numbers in there are seriously wild. In that 18-24 age group, only two thirds (66%) answered that they had “always believed” that the world is round. That was at least slightly worse than the 76% of the 25-34 crowd who were willing to say the same. It may come as some comfort that among all adults age 55 and up, 94% have spent their entire lives believing that the planet is roughly spherical in shape.
Apparently, your income has something to do with it as well. Among those making more than $80K per year, 92% have always rejected the flat Earth theory while the number drops to 79% for those who earn less than $40K. Thankfully they didn’t break it down by gender or we’d have wound up with an entirely new fight on our hands.
But getting back to the youngest millennials here for a moment, are you kidding me? Fully a third of them have, at some point, at least had serious questions about the shape of the Earth? We’re talking about people who were born, at the earliest, in the early to mid-90s. It had been more than a quarter of a century since we’d been to the moon before they drew their first breath. The space shuttle program was already going at full speed and showing up on the evening news on a monthly basis. By the time the oldest among them were toddlers, Pathfinder’s Sojourner Rover was already beaming back pictures from Mars.
I’m not saying we can seriously consider removing the right to vote from these kids or apply some sort of IQ test prior to allowing them to register. But seriously, folks. Stop suggesting that children as young as 13 should vote. If the results of this poll show any sort of general trend, half of them probably think the Earth is a massive Transformer robot that’s going to wake up any day now and smash the moon to pieces.
Of course, as soon as I typed that last sentence I realized we could probably make a seriously profitable movie out of that idea.