Only a short time after a survey found serious doubts about free speech among the millennial population, another recent poll found that a majority of those born between 1981 and 1996 say they would vote for a socialist candidate.
In a YouGov/Victims of Communism poll that was taken September 6-13, 70 per cent of millennial respondents said they were “somewhat” or “extremely likely” to vote for an open socialist in a U.S. election.
Those saying they are “extremely likely” doubled in the last year from 10 percent in 2018 to 20 percent in 2019.
In addition, 36 percent of millennials had a ‘favorable’ view of the label ‘Communism,’ up from 28 percent last year.
Bernie Sanders, an independent Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has declared himself to be a Democratic socialist and gave the movement a champion in the 2016 presidential elections before being dispatched by Hillary Clinton in the primary.
Sanders advocates policies like Medicare for all, huge tax increases on higher earners and the extremely costly and business-crushing Green New Deal.
Strident Democratic socialist and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected to the House in the 2018 midterm election and her popularity, especially among the young, suggests a shift in the U.S. toward a positive view of the ideology.
Ocasio-Cortez worked on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and recently endorsed his second consecutive run for president, just a few weeks after Sanders suffered a minor heart attack.
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Democratic 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren, although grouped as a progressive with Sanders, insists she is a capitalist and said it would be ‘wrong’ to label her a socialist.
Despite the warming of younger generations to socialism, Warren places higher than Sanders in polls. In recent weeks she has emerged as the frontrunner, even beating usual No. 1 candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Another warning sign that millennials favor socialism over capitalism, the poll found, is that one-in-five said they think society would be better off if all private property were abolished and it were owned by the government instead.
Strangely, 61 percent of respondents to the survey said they prefer capitalism over other economic systems – the same outcome of the 2018 poll.