Political views begin to form in childhood. Children learn who political leaders are and develop attitudes about both leaders and political institutions.
One consequence of rising levels of negative partisanship (as compared to joining a party because you feel positively toward them, their politics or their leaders) and negative campaigning is that today’s children are exposed to more negative messages about politics and political figures than children in the past.
What do kids today think about the presidency and the president? How does this compare to what children thought in the 1950s?…
Children in our study evaluated the president much more negatively than did children in the 1950s.
Nearly three-quarters of the 1950s children viewed the president as more honest than other people. Today, only 18% view the president as more honest than others…
In contrast, 1% of 1950s children considered the president “less honest than other people”; 49% of today’s children hold this view.
I wonder how many mommies and daddies of these kids voted for the Fake President. That often comes down to a discussion of “ignorant or gullible”? My cynical tendency would be to say “both”.