Political Beliefs Are Stable Over Lifetime

Contrary to folk wisdom, new University of Nebraska Lincoln research suggests political beliefs tend to stay stable over time.

UNL Political Science Chair Kevin Smith tells KLIN News that they found that three-quarters of those studied remained stable over time.  Of those 25 percent who changed…most moved in a conservative direction, demonstrating that if movement is made on the political spectrum, it is most likely toward conservatism.

Professor Smith says they mined data from the Michigan Youth-Parent Socialization Study, which began following high schoolers and their parents in 1965. Surveys of the same cohort were repeated in 1973,1982 and 1997.