that the national government had gotten too powerful; in fact, they were the most likely not to have an opinion at all on the subject. Is this likely to change as the young mature? Only time will tell, but if their apathy about government power continues, they will forge a fundamental shift in political culture as older cohorts fade from the scene. American political culture has traditionally exhibited an open mistrust, or at least an ambivalence, toward centralized power. But that can change as younger cohorts come to dominate the political arena. As we have stated before,
Today, the ambivalence expressed by many Americans has become increasingly hollow. Ambivalence, or difficulty in choosing between conflicting options, makes sense in a nation with truly limited government, where citizens might be struggling with the choice of whether or not to extend government's hold on their daily lives. But when that government has grown to extend its regulations into all reaches of the private sector, economic and social . . . we are no longer talking about ambivalence but rather a distant angst. Americans are no longer struggling with a choice. They have made a choice, and it is in favor of big government ( Bennett and Bennett 1990, p. 137).