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Student speaks to AP about millennial politics

By Kari VanDerVeen
October 31, 2012

St. Olaf College student Rachel Palermo '15 spoke with an Associated Press reporter about why she thinks younger members of the millennial generation — like herself — are more fiscally conservative than their slightly older peers.

The story was published by a wide range of media outlets, including the Washington Post, Minnesota Public Radio, CNBC, and the Huffington Post.

The story focuses on polling showing that the newest members of the millennial generation to reach voting age — 18- and 19-year-olds — tend to be more fiscally conservative than older members of their generation.

Experts quoted in the story agree with Palermo's assessment that the economy factors into the shift.

"Even though politician after politician promises they’ll improve the economy, they have failed, and we are going to suffer from it," says Palermo, who plans to vote for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. She adds that that loss of trust may be why some members of her generation feel the economy would do best with less intervention.

Palermo is active in St. Olaf College's Political Awareness Committee, recently formed an organization on campus called Students for Liberty, and writes for the Manitou Messenger.

Contact Kari VanDerVeen at 507-786-3970 or