Maybe I'm wrong (doubt it) and maybe there are studies about this that I'm too lazy to Google. But, from my near 40 years life experience, I've found a trend: Many people who are college age are liberal minded. Many who are older are conservative minded. Whats the old saying: "If you are in college and you aren't a liberal, you have no heart. If you are out of college, and you aren't a conservative, you have no brain." SO, my observation is that I've seen and known a lot of people who were once liberal minded, but gradually changed into more right leaning viewpoints. However, I've met very few, really none that I can remember, people who were conservative/right leaning that gradually became more liberal with time. Why is that? I confess, I was a sociology major in college in the early 90's. I was taught to praise Karl Marx for his brilliance, and if only we listened to people like him and George Bernard Shaw, how great the world would be. I was taught how most social problems were the result of corporate greed and overpopulation of the planet, and of course, I took Oceanology as a required course (aka, Global Warming is killing us all) with the follow-up class of Social and Environmental Law (nifty sequence, huh?). So, upon my graduation, I of course thought we should stop all oil drilling and drastically limit driving. I thought we had overpopulated the world to a point that we would starve by the year 2005. I thought all big corporations should be broken down to dozens of smaller ones that the workers owned. I was, in fact, a near prototypical libbie. Then something funny happened. My views changed. I learned that getting a good job meant working for a big, stable company. The more profits they made, the better raises and benefits I got. Huh. Interesting. Then I interacted and observed trends in our society. How my taxes went up gradually as I made more money. Ok. Expected. But I saw where they went. To welfare programs that I applauded in college. But in college we were only told of people who needed it because they were oppressed, and had no opportunity. But I saw countless open jobs. Entry level jobs. Fast food jobs. Janitor jobs. But OPEN jobs. But people refused to take them. They take welfare, but not that job. And they would drink beer, play the lottery, buy smokes, have cable TV......and whine about more gov't money. I thought "These aren't the oppressed people I thought welfare was made for". Without going through example after example, life experiences change my views from those left wing college era theoretical ideals, to the more real-life practical right leaning ideals I have now. And I'm far from alone. I'm just looking for the folks that went from conservative to liberal after seeing conservative ideals (saving money, personal responsibility, no handouts, etc) fail and liberal ideals advance them in life.