A new survey released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation reflects that, if the younger generation gets out and votes in 2020, those running for office on the far left have reason to be hopeful. According to YouGov, which conducted the poll, capitalism, amid a widening divide between the haves and have-nots, has plunged in popularity from a year ago, with only 50% of millennials, ages 23 to 38, supporting it. Meanwhile, 36% of millennials polled say that they approve of communism, which is up significantly from 28% in 2018. Socialism has shown a decrease in favourability in all age groups except the 74+ and millennials, of which 70% say they’d be likely to vote for a socialist candidate.
Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, says he’s troubled by the findings. “The amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism is on full display in this report,” Smith said. “When we don’t educate our youth 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.” The report also noted that 22% of millennials believe “society would be better if all private property was abolished,” and that 45% of Generation Z members and millennials believe that “all higher education should be free.”
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