I was thinking about something the other day, and I thought I would share it with you. Just some numbers to consider, I'll leave the analysis to you.
62-year old Terry E. Branstad was first elected governor in 1982 and last elected governor in 1994. His last full day in office was January 14, 1999.
On Election Day 2010:
The youngest person to have voted for Branstad in 1982 would be: 46
The youngest person to have voted for Branstad ever would be: 34
The youngest person to have a political opinion of the Branstad administration (assuming political opinions form around age 12-13) would be: 24
The youngest person to have any memory from the Branstad administration (assuming memory forms around age 4 or 5, counting such memories as “that guy with the funny mustache on TV”) would be: 16
The youngest person to have been born during the Branstad administration would be: 11
When Terry Branstad was elected governor in 1982:
Bob Vander Plaats was 19
Chet Culver was 16
Chris Rants was 15
Christian Fong was 5
Chet Culver's job approval rating among 18-34 year olds ***:
* This represents the age group with the lowest percentage approving and the highest percentage disapproving among those surveyed. For comparison, among those aged 35-49, Culver has a 40% approval rating in this poll.
** Survey of 600 persons by SurveyUSA, released 6/18/2009 and available here.