It is widely assumed, I think, that as we age and grey and go soft in the middle, we also turn more politically conservative. Mittens Romney was on Fox saying so.
I am living proof that doesn’t have to be the case – and Mittens is only four years older than I am – but as it turns out, I’m not an outlier. Let me point you to my fave Catherine Rampell, who has a fun little post on NYT’s “Economix” blog about research (conducted in part by two academics from my home state of Vermont) showing it ain’t necessarily so. The gist – The authors found that a given age cohort’s attitudes changed over time — more often later in life — and that “the direction of change is most often toward increased tolerance rather than increased conservatism.”