Young people in America are sick and tired of capitalism, or so a new poll suggests: nearly half of all millennials in the United States would rather convert to a socialist society than maintain the status quo, while a considerable portion would even prefer communism.
The survey, which was carried out by research firm YouGov alongside the Victims of Communism Memorial foundation, found that 44 percent of millennials desire to live in a socialist country, while only 42 percent were happy to live in a capitalist country. Seven percent of respondents each opted for communism or fascism.
Across all generations, Americans strongly preferred capitalism (59 percent) over socialism (34 percent), indicating that the demographic that is most enthralled with socialist governments is the millennials.
To make matters even more concerning, only 33 percent of millennials were able to correctly define socialism, while 22 percent confused it with communism and 28 percent couldn’t define it at all. Millennials also had a hard time determining the definition of fascism and often confused it with communism.
“Millennials now make up the largest generation in America, and we’re seeing some deeply worrisome trends,” Victims of Communism executive director Marion Smith told Fox News. “Millennials are increasingly turning away from capitalism and toward socialism and even communism as a viable alternative.”
While 68 percent of baby boomers and 79 percent of the older generations had a “very unfavorable” opinion of communism, only 36 percent of millennials responded in the same way, with 44 percent of millennials claiming that they would be offended if called a communist.
Part of the explanation for the millennials’ turn toward socialism and communism may be their strong perception that America’s economic system works against them, with 53 percent of millennials answering thusly compared to 48 percent total.