A new survey by the Harvard University Institute of Politics has found that a solid majority of millennials favors sending conventional military troops to the Middle East to defeat the Islamic State.
A slightly larger majority believes that the current stream of #BlackLivesMatter protests around the country will fail to create any meaningful changes in American society.
On Wednesday afternoon, a group called AnonGhost appears to have hacked the Harvard webpage touting the survey.
Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young people between the ages of 18 and 29.
The Harvard Institute of Politics, which conducted the poll, is part of the school’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Data from the March 18 to April 1 poll of 3,058 people shows that 57 percent of the survey respondents said they either somewhat or strongly support U.S. military intervention including the use of ground troops against the Islamic State (also called ISIS). (RELATED: ISIS Is Now Threatening To Murder A COLLEGE PROFESSOR IN TENNESSEE)
More generally, the poll showed a seven percent uptick from 2014 in positive responses to the statement: “It is sometimes necessary to attack potentially hostile countries, rather than waiting until we are attacked to respond.”
A majority of millennials also trust the U.S. military, the survey found. Last year, only 47 percent of respondents to the same survey declared such trust.
Members of the 18-to-29-year-old subgroup “desire to show a more forceful hand overseas,” John Della Volpe, director of polling, said during a Wednesday teleconference, according to The College Fix.
In another trend, the Harvard survey shows that 59 percent of respondents do not think the #BlackLivesMatter protests that are occurring primarily in college towns around the country will produce any meaningful or useful societal change.
Positive and negative views of #BlackLivesMatter protests split largely along racial lines, with black millennial survey respondents overwhelming supporting the movement and white millennials offering support in much smaller numbers.
Overall, 49 percent of millennials support the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests.
A law requiring police officers to wear body cameras garners the support of 80 percent of millennials.
As of late Wednesday night, the Harvard webpage with a full explanation of the poll results was unavailable because, apparently, it had been hacked.
“Maintenance Notice,” the webpage read. “The page you requested is currently offline.”
The text-only language of a cached version of the page as it appeared on April 29, 2015, 21:09:50 GMT (around 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) announced that a group called AnonGhost had hacked the Harvard webpage.
“Greetings world we are AnonGhost,” the cached version declared. Then:
“To All Governments of the World, We are watching you , [sic] we can see what you’re doing , we control you , we are everywhere.
Rememeber [sic] this, The people you’re trying to step on, we are everyone you depend on. We are the people who do your laundry and cook your food and serve your dinner. We make your bed. We guard you while you are sleeping. We drive the ambulances. We direct your calls. We are cooks and taxi drivers, we are everyone you come into contact with on a daily basis. We know everything about you.”
We process your insurance claims and credit card charges. We control every part of your life.
Together we stand against the injustice of corrupt Governments.
We are anonymous. We are Legion. United as ONE. Divided by zero.
We do not forgive Injustice. We do not forget Oppression.
Governments of the World…
We are AnonGhost, We are legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect us.”
The hackers’ message was signed #AnonGhostTeam with several nicknames including Mauritania Attacker, Black Cracker, Psyco Hacker, Tunisian Cracker and Virusa Worm.