In a recent study completed in Oct. 2017 by the research group YouGov in Washington D.C, surveyed 2,000 people and found that one out of every two millennials prefers to live under socialism and communism rather than in a capitalistic society like the U.S.
Millennials now make up the largest demographic in the United States and appear to be moving toward socialism and communism as a viable form of government. However, the study also shows that Millennials often do not know the difference between socialism and communism. Seven-out-of-ten millennials don’t know the definition of communism or misidentify it. In addition, only half of Millennials can identify capitalism correctly compared to the rest of the preceding generations before them in which 70% can correctly identify capitalism.
The findings show that the percentage of Millennials who prefer socialism over capitalism is a full 10 points higher than that of the general population as a whole. Millennials were asked if they were insulted if described as a communist, and 44 % polled stated they would be insulted. Generation Z, X, Baby Boomers, and Matures polled over 50% and 70% in this category.
The research report also found that one in five Americans in their 20s support Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, as a hero, despite the massive genocides of Ukrainians and Orthodox priests. Over 25% of millennials polled in the survey had the same opinion also for Vladimir Lenin and Kim Jong Un.
Another finding in the report stated that 40% of Americans believe that there should be restrictions on the First Amendment.
Overall, 75% of Americans polled in the study still think that communism is still a problem in the world, which has increased 5% from 2016.