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Scary: 70% of Millennials Would Vote for a Socialist Today

Gabriella Hoffman
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A new poll from Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation revealed startling results: 70% of Millennials are likely to vote for a socialist.

The 4th Annual Report on US Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism was conducted in conjunction with YouGov.

The poll also revealed increased support for communism (36%) among Millennials compared to 28% from last year. Insane.

The report also found that 27% of Millennials polled view President Donald Trump as a bigger threat to world peace than North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (22%) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (15%).

“The historical amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism is on full display in this year’s report,” said Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. “When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas. We need to redouble our efforts to educate America’s youth about the history of communist regimes and the dangers of socialism today.” 

More positively, 57% of Millennials polled think the Declaration of Independence better “guarantees freedom and equality” over the Communist Manifesto.

These other key findings from this year’s study are very alarming:

  • 15% of Millennials think the world would be better off if the Soviet Union still existed.
  • 72% of Americans incorrectly say that communism has killed less than 100 million people in the past 100 years.
  • About one-in-five Millennials (22%) believe that “society would be better if all private property was abolished,” compared to 1% of the Silent Generation.
  • 45% of Generation Z and Millennials believe that “all higher education should be free.”
  • 76% of respondents are unaware that the Hitler-Stalin pact started World War II.

These findings, however, were more encouraging:

—A majority of Americans age 35 and under trust themselves (66%) more than the community (19%) or government (15%).

—While 50% of Millennials say they are “somewhat likely” and 20% of Millennials say they are “extremely likely” to vote for a socialist candidate, doubling from 10% in 2018, Americans overall are more hesitant about voting for a “democratic socialist” than they were last year (53% “never” or “hesitant” in 2019 versus 47% in 2018).

—57% of Generation Z and 62% of Millennials believe China is a communist country and not a democratic country (compared to 88% of Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation).

But not all hope is lost. Free enterprise, or capitalism, is still favorably viewed compared to centrally-planned economies (61% favorability).

However, a lot of work needs to be done to educate Millennials and Generation Z, who both view the former favorably at 50%—down 6 points and 8 points from 2018, respectively, the study showed.

I’ll be undertaking a project to examine why this is happening and how to combat it very soon. Stay on the lookout for it here at The Resurgent.

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